Posted Aug 19th 2013 10:00AM
Road rage has been a pretty hot-button item over the last few months, between the groundbreaking legal action locking up an Edmonton driver, and this young punk getting an ass whooping after driving like, well, a young punk.This latest report on the other hand is enough to incite a bit of rage all on its own. Yet again a recent study out of California has led to some prattling on about how horrible BMW drivers are, using little to no tangible evidence to prove their case.
In an interview with the New York Times, University of California researcher Paul K. Piff set out to prove that the rich drive differently from the poor, and specifically set out with a criteria for data of noting sex and approximate age of the driver in question and the age and appearance of the cars, with a "1" signifying beat-up, low-value cars and a "5" given to top-of-the-line models from the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. So basically if anything looked shiny and expensive it received a 5.
In the interview Mr. Piff goes on to say that more expensive cars were more likely to commit infractions, which we wholely believe is true, but then off the cuff he blurts out "BMW drivers were the worst".
Now we aren't ones to defend bad driving, but if you're going to take pot shots at a brand we would appreciate event the faintest data to back that up. Were the number of BMWs, or cars of any other specific brands recorded at any point? You would think if your life revolved around data acquisition that Mr. Piff would have bothered to be a bit more specific.
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