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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by BigDaddyLH, Feb 26, 2020.
I adopted a budget when I retired, I bought a sensible car a 2011 Honda CRv hoping that it would last as long as I continued to drive. So far, the plan has worked out just fine. If I suddenly fell heir to a couple of million bucks, I might be sorely tempted to buy myself a new Crew Cab Silverado. I like to think I would be the same guy driving either vehicle. Although instead of just frightening the folks in the crosswalk with the Honda, the Silverado would allow other options.... Hmm.
My bro-in-law is a psychologist. According to 1 study on this, those with expensive vehicles have a sense of entitlement to the road others dont. And yes, as a subset of drivers, they tend to be jerks. He also says that simply renting an expensive car will temporarily up your reading on the “entitlement/privileged scale”.
My Aston Martin brakes are just fine. If a commoner steps out in front they won’t scuff the paintwork.
Let's see the results with bicycles instead of cars.
That rental angle is interesting. It isn't you, it's the car. Of course, you may have chosen the car.
The biggest prats are the ones, male and female, that drive upmarket SUVs.
I drive an F-Pace...
Funny in a few ways. When I caught that in the news I thought I'd give the moderators a break and/or didn't have the writing skills to post it well.
Our fleet is my wife's high end but actually a minivan (the lowered sporty Sienna SE), an Outback, and 20 year old Camry. The 1930 Ford doesn't count here. Making the same rounds I do get different behavior from others depending on what I drive. Two regulars on the work commute tailgate the old Camry but not my wife's expensive rig.
Something else interesting and a bit funny is seeing less expensive and newer neighborhoods than ours often having more expensive or "jerk" prone cars. Far higher earners than us in the neighborhood don't seem to want high end cars.
I was on a city council committee and on a board where bicycle data and issues came up. Statistically it's like motor vehicles where a few make a bad reputation for many. The reputation is helped where there are rolling stop laws that make a lot of sense to me.
I would assume there would a subset of folks with expensive and flashy cars that would prefer not to get any blood or dents on their machine. And would drive accordingly. Such a study would have to take into account if there is any relationship between aggressiveness and entitlement, I suppose.
We all have observed the jerks who double park for this reason. Sometimes at the far end of the lot, but not always. Has anyone followed them drive away, long enough to observe? Hmm.
I sometimes wonder if turn signals on pickups work.
We need arrogant, entitled people?
All new automobiles as "expensive" now, including work grade pickup trucks.
I wonder if anyone has ever had the curiosity to do a study on the kind of people that driver barely running, barely legal beaters.
There's one time I'm attracted to expensive cars and I wonder if I'm the only one...
When you're in a parking lot and you can park next to a beat-up clunker or a nice, new $$$ car, which one do you park next to?
Right. Higher earning does not always equate with expensive vehicles. In fact, sometimes it means the opposite. I'd be willing to bet a good bunch of the jerky drivers are the ones with something to prove.
Oh, yes. Hell, yes. Not even a question. I live in Appalachia. 'Nuff said.
When I lived where they salted the roads, I drove a nice car part of the year and a $400 car that I bought at the junkyard and put back on the road, in the winter.
Does that mean I’m a seasonal jerk?
This “scientific study” is loose as a goose. I suspect it of being commissioned by some tabloid site so the results could be used as click-bait.