Study: WRX Drivers Are Fast, BMW Drivers Are Rude
We’ve all seen vehicles driving poorly and said to ourselves, “(insert automaker here) are the worst drivers in the world!” It could be BMW, but it might be someone else. My personal feeling is that BMW get all the flack because they drive fast, not dangerously. At least that’s how I drive them.
Now, we don’t have to wonder any more. Insurify, an insurance comparison site, did a study on U.S. drivers (as it behooves the company to know where which drivers are the most aggressive) and found the leaders in speeding tickets, accidents and rude driving. Subaru and Hyundai take up much of the first two, and BMW strongly leads the third.
Insurify notes, and we agree, that pandemic-created emptier roads have led to more speeders and more reckless behavior.
Here we can see Infiniti Q50 drivers leading the list with more than 26 percent having at-fault accidents. The national average is 17.84 percent. The Subaru Crosstrek and WRX trail slightly, followed by the Hyundai Elantra GT and then the Impreza. If you average the three Subies, they’re about 7 percent over the national mark.
The Hyundai Veloster also makes an appearance, which also makes sense considering it has among the youngest owners. That, and the Veloster, especially the N, is ripe for antisocial behavior.
The Subaru WRX leads the speeding ticket survey by a wide margin. Considering they look like rally cars for the road, especially the wing, I’m sure they get a lot more attention from the po-po. The national average, as you can see is about 10 percent, with WRX drivers doubling that. The Volkswagen GTI fits; most of its buyers are enthusiasts. The Impreza is understandable; those owners are pretending the have a WRX. And the Infiniti G37 just looks fast, especially in a loud color. The Dodge Dart is by far the biggest surprise, mostly because it’s not even on sale right now. But apparently they’re speeders.
And now into the championship rounds. Surprising for many, BMW only landed on this list twice, however, they are the top two spots. WRX makes another appearance, hitting the top 10 in all three lists. Like the BMW, I also think WRX drivers just drive fast, making people think they’re rude. There’s also a sort-of confirmation bias here, in that, when you see that car, you think the person is going to blow a yellow or speed around you, and then they do.
Acura TLX and ILX are a little surprising, but again, they look fast on the road. The Veloster also hits this list, and like the Impreza, I’m figuring all owners wished they had the super-speedy, and boatloads of fun Veloster N.
The national average here is about 25 rude drivers per 1,000. BMW more than doubles it, as does the Audi A5 and WRX.
To get this data, Insurify looked at 2.5 million insurance applications, calculating the proportion of drivers that did these things. For instance, on the rude drivers Insurify looked at failure to yield and failure to stop violations, improper backing up, passing where prohibited and a few other categories.
So what does all this tell us? Faster drivers drive faster and more-aggressive looking cars, and get caught for it. Faster drivers with high-performance cars get into more accidents and get more speeding tickets. I suppose that’s not news. But take this to heart: If you’re driving a BMW, a Subaru WRX or a Hyundai Veloster, you’ll have to be extra cautious not to tick off other drivers or blow through a red light. The people, and the police, are watching.
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