If you own an Audi, BMW or Mercedes then good, but if you don’t, that’s even better. Why? Well, at least you’re not an A-hole. German car drivers take note!
Well, we’re not saying this, but a new research paper published in the Journal of International Psychology says so. Basically, if you’re a BMW, Audi or Mercedes driver, then you’re probably… to put it nicely, not a good person.
A new study in Finland, conducted by lead researcher Jan-Erik Lönnqvist found that drivers “most likely to run a red light, not give way to pedestrians and generally drive recklessly and too fast were often the ones driving fast German cars.”
The research also concluded that,
Self-centred men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes.
Moreover, the longstanding belief that money spoils you was also confirmed by one another study. University of Helsinki’s Professor of Social Psychology through his study is confident of saying that indeed:
“Wealth has a corrupting effect on people.”
Although it’s important to note that this phenomenon is true only for men and not women. So, for once, let the poor and women rejoice. Yaay!
It’s not all bad for German car owners though
I hate to say this, but there’s some good news for expensive car owners. Lönnqvist concluded that “conscientious” people (regardless of sex) also prefer these cars.
Why? “By driving a reliable car they are sending out the message that they themselves are reliable.”
So judge away! Science is with you when it comes to German car drivers.