Driving to work every morning, I encounter the same woman, driving a Subaru, at the same intersection. We face off at a stoplight. We will be turning the same direction; she is making a right, I am making a left. She is always talking on the phone. When the light changes, we both make our turns. Inevitably, she makes her turn, floors it and immediately switches lanes so that she is directly in front of me. Every morning, I swear this is true, she then slams on her breaks and flips on her left turn signal. Every morning there is too much traffic for me to go around her. And that’s when I jump out of my car, grab her phone, and bludgeon her with it.
Ha ha! I’m kidding, of course. Phones are too fragile an instrument to use to bludgeon a person. I use a tire iron.
No, while it’s true that this woman angers me daily, it has never occurred to me to do anything more than throw out every curse word I can recall, and sometimes even invent a few new ones designed just for her. That is because I don’t own a Prius or a BMW.
What’s that got to do with it you ask? Just ask Paul Piff, a researcher with the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley who conducted a study that found that Toyota Prius and BMW drivers are more likely to be bad drivers, experience road rage, and have little respect for pedestrians.
You can get a new Prius for about $24,000 and score a BMW for around $32,000. Granted, that’s cheaper than a purse for Oprah Winfrey, but it does kind of lend to the fact that those who have a few extra dollars to spend might also be a wee bit testy.