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Science Confirms That BMW And Prius Drivers Are The Worst
jalopnik ^ | Wed Aug 13, 2013 | Patrick George

Posted on 08/14/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT by posterchild

We have long ragged on BMW drivers for their terrible parking skills and general assholery, and Toyota Prius drivers for their holier-than-thou smugness. Now, it has been confirmed — through the miraculous power of science — that their owners are, in fact, terrible and inconsiderate motorists.

Our old pal Benjamin Preston reports in the New York Times on a study done by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley which links poor driving habits and wealth. Basically, rich people are more likely to be jerks behind the wheel.

The researchers examined how motorists in California behave when approaching intersections with pedestrians, where they are required to stop, as well as how well they take turns at four-way stop intersections.

(Excerpt) Read more at jalopnik.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: bmw; elitists; prius; toyota
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1 posted on 08/14/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: posterchild

How can you tell the difference between a BMW and a cactus?


2 posted on 08/14/2013 12:29:32 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

by the relative location of the ‘needles?’


3 posted on 08/14/2013 12:30:45 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: posterchild
Bowel Movement on Wheels
4 posted on 08/14/2013 12:30:47 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: posterchild

Yep, on the BMW, the pricks are on the inside....

My wife made me buy BMWs for the family for years. She still has a little 2-seater to ride around in with the top down. At one point we owned three at the same time. She always hated when I told that joke.


5 posted on 08/14/2013 12:35:12 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: posterchild

Yep, @#!I& Prius Drivers, their cars can’t even do 65 yet they think because they are driving a “green” car they have the right to hog the left lane

And BMWs, They are just supped up Volkswagen Rabbits. I never understood the appeal.


6 posted on 08/14/2013 12:35:56 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Seems like about every fifth car on the SOCAL freeways is a friggin’ Prius. I hate them.


7 posted on 08/14/2013 12:36:03 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: posterchild

IBTSPP

(In Before The South Park Pictures)


8 posted on 08/14/2013 12:36:49 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Signalman

As do I.


9 posted on 08/14/2013 12:38:58 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: qam1

Prius top speed is a little over 100 mph.

I rented one once in NJ on a business trip. Nice little car to drive. Had as much pep as most of the small to medium rental cars.

Also got 52 mpg over the course of the trip. Not too shabby.


10 posted on 08/14/2013 12:39:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: posterchild

I drive a BMW. A 3-series. E-46 to be precise. In my opinion, its the best handling car on the road. And oh so much fun. Haters.


11 posted on 08/14/2013 12:40:36 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: posterchild
I nearly got in a fist fight with an A-hole driving a Prius that nearly ran me over as I was walking in my local Ralph's parking lot three days ago. He wouldn't stop for me and if I hadn't slowed down he would have hit me. I pushed both hands flat, palms out, off his back side window, making a nice thump that did no damage. Of course he jumped out, cursing, ready to fight, spittle flying. I was ready to really wail the old fart if he took a swing at me. I'm glad he didn't because I was in the mood to take out all my problems on that old bald jerk. I certainly gave the vernacular back to him with twice the vindictiveness.

Yes, I know I shouldn't have done what I did. I should have let it go, and I usually do. I was just fed up at that moment and the rest escalated from there.

12 posted on 08/14/2013 12:40:42 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes the Prius has some excellent engineering.
Unfortunate that it’s knee jerk associated with leftists.


13 posted on 08/14/2013 12:40:44 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: bigdaddy45

Once upon a time, I started tabulating all the retail stores that were termed “off limits” by FReepers for one crazy reson or another.
Eventually every national outfit was added to the list for one reason or another.

I’m sure I could do the same thing with vehicles, LOL.


14 posted on 08/14/2013 12:43:51 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: bigdaddy45

I drive an Audi A6. I enjoy all the benefits of a German luxury car w/o the negative connotations mentioned in this article. :-)


15 posted on 08/14/2013 12:44:24 PM PDT by South40
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To: All

I used to drive a H3, and got an avg of one finger a week.. I strive to have a beemer one day.
Love minnesotastan.. not.


16 posted on 08/14/2013 12:58:22 PM PDT by CygnusXI (Im back!)
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To: posterchild
and Toyota Prius drivers for their holier-than-thou smugness

SMUG ALERT!

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/155193/thanks

17 posted on 08/14/2013 12:59:35 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Gaffer

On a cactus the pricks are on the outside.

How can you tell the differnce between a Mercedes Benz and a Snail?


18 posted on 08/14/2013 12:59:57 PM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: Gaffer
This one has pricks inside AND out! I used to know one of the guys who built this car.


19 posted on 08/14/2013 1:01:56 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

What are those things? Striped Rastafarian Dreadlocks? Or, is it supposed to look like a hedgehog? Oh! I see now....a Porcupine something or other...[Porcubimmer]


20 posted on 08/14/2013 1:03:58 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Signalman

I went to DC one time for business. The only thing the rental car had was a Prius. I could not get over the constant starting and stopping of the engine to recharge the batteries. The “control center” was a frigging mess, the electric drive always never seemed like it was “on” and caused a lot of false and apprehensive start-stops. I hated the frigging thing..

The next time I went there, I made my secretary tell them I wanted a gas engine only car reserved or I’d use another company. I sure as hell wouldn’t own one.


21 posted on 08/14/2013 1:06:52 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

That car was built to run in the 24 Hours of LeMons. That’s basically a racing series for old, beat-to-hell cars (max budget excluding safety equipment is $500, with lap penalties assessed for going over) and you stand a much better chance of getting your entry accepted if you decorate your old crapcan.

http://www.24hoursoflemons.com


22 posted on 08/14/2013 1:07:27 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: South40

Negative connotations? How about the entire series renaming thing resulting from the Audi 5000?


23 posted on 08/14/2013 1:08:43 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: donmeaker

don’t know that one.


24 posted on 08/14/2013 1:10:52 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

A friend of mine used to sell BMW’s. He said that they were a huge status symbol for the Asian community in the area. So there are a lot of DWA’s behind the wheel. That would explain a lot.


25 posted on 08/14/2013 1:11:11 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Gaffer

IIRC, they had always sold that car as the 100/200 in Europe. But I’m sure all the negative publicity from “unintended acceleration” didn’t help matters.

BTW, I used to own an Audi (an ‘82 Coupe, which was not affected by the recall) and the gas and brake pedals were VERY close together. I suspect all those 5000 owners who accidentally drove through the back wall of the garage were probably pressing the wrong pedal.


26 posted on 08/14/2013 1:12:56 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: cuban leaf

I know a racist joke about two Asians driving a ‘69 Charger...


27 posted on 08/14/2013 1:13:45 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: Gaffer
Negative connotations? How about the entire series renaming thing resulting from the Audi 5000?

Was that mentioned in the article? If so, please point to it.

28 posted on 08/14/2013 1:14:49 PM PDT by South40
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To: bigdaddy45

Me too and agreed. A few bad apples spoil it for the rest of us who take the machine and the driving seriously.

The problem with Prius drivers is that they drive at or below the speed limit when everyone else is above - that’s just plan dangerous.


29 posted on 08/14/2013 1:19:21 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: posterchild
...a study done by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley...

How seriously was I supposed to take that?

30 posted on 08/14/2013 1:21:33 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: posterchild

BMW driver’s parking skills demonstrated:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d3nC6LX6R0


31 posted on 08/14/2013 1:26:37 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: South40

No it wasn’t, I was making a joke to BigDaddy about his mentioning the Audi A6.

The Audi thousand series thing was a decades old problem Audi had here in the US. They ended up renaming everything they made to something “not in the ‘thousand’ series”....marketing and memories..


32 posted on 08/14/2013 1:27:32 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Actually, I don’t know if there was a real problem or not. All I can remember is the horrendous negative publicity, and I seem to recall a particularly nasty show or two from “60 Minutes” on it. I stopped watching that show around that time. Nothing but a PC Kangaroo Court.


33 posted on 08/14/2013 1:29:19 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Fresh Wind

Typical Prius driver...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oSzLS0j9fY


34 posted on 08/14/2013 1:31:28 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Gaffer
No it wasn’t, I was making a joke to BigDaddy about his mentioning the Audi A6.

I am the only one in this thread who has mentioned the A6.

I've been Audi owner since the 80s. I'm well aware of the problems with the 5000 and the renaming. I had a 1983 5000. It was a great car as is my current A6. I never experienced the accelerator problems with my 5000. I've also owned a 1994 M5. It was a good car but I'm far happier with Audi.

35 posted on 08/14/2013 1:35:15 PM PDT by South40
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Okay, it was in your post to him then. Big Deal. This isn't a fricking court room and you aren't any aggrieved plaintiff. I don't really care what you own.

You may not have had any problems with a 5000, but there were enough of some kind of problem to cause Audi to rename virtually their entire line. So, my original comment about 'negative connotations' still stands.

36 posted on 08/14/2013 1:42:19 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
lol! Oh my! I do believe I hit a nerve.

Nowhere in the article does it mention the 5000 or renaming. You stuck your foot in your mouth and proved you didn't read my post (the one you were apparently responding to) nor did you read the article.

If you're going to embarrass yourself by making asinine and completely non responsive comments to others' posts you just might get called on it. You might also get called on your making lame excuses as to why.

Have a nice day.

37 posted on 08/14/2013 1:46:27 PM PDT by South40
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To: qam1

I thought Gore’s kid got busted doing like 120 in his Prius.


38 posted on 08/14/2013 1:54:43 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: bigdaddy45
I drive a BMW. A 3-series. E-46 to be precise. In my opinion, its the best handling car on the road. And oh so much fun. Haters.

I agree. Mine is a 2002 325i that's driven regularly on monthly ralleys in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

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As for the haters, I tend to agree that many BMW drivers should be driving Priuses and Volts. Others like myself engage in active driving on roads like the Tail of the Dragon in Deals Gap, NC.

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http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

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Others are just expressing class envy.

39 posted on 08/14/2013 1:59:28 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: posterchild

It appears this study was conducted at intersection in one city, San Fransisco. All it really proves it that rich progressives are A-holes.


40 posted on 08/14/2013 2:00:29 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Gaffer
on the BMW, the pricks are on the inside....

I always wondered...is the prick inside every BMW optional or standard equipment?

41 posted on 08/14/2013 2:02:59 PM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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No, it isn’t a nerve. You’ve just got a stick up your butt about your Audis.

An Audi (A6), mentioned by you, and the words ‘negative connotation’ and what it brings to mind with Audi’s most serious public relations problem in their entire history. That isn’t even remotely relevant in the context of your comment? Who cares if the article didn’t mention Audi? (I did read it) You mentioned Audi first.

BTW, is that ‘stick’ standard equipment for Audi owners?


42 posted on 08/14/2013 2:10:45 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 6ppc

I’m thinking it’s proportional to the cost of the car, myself. So, that would be an option, I guess.


43 posted on 08/14/2013 2:12:37 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: posterchild
Science Confirms That Drivers With 0 bummer Bumper Stickers Are The Worst
44 posted on 08/14/2013 2:13:58 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Note to carjackers:

COEXIST bumper sticker >>> soft target


45 posted on 08/14/2013 2:15:58 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Gaffer
Reread my post...the one you were apparently responding to.

When I said there was no negative connotations I also said "mentioned in the article".

The 5000 or renaming of the Audi was not "mentioned in the article".

Had you even a scintilla of comprehension skills you would already know that.

btw...the A6 is not the renamed 5000. So you're wrong there too.

I'm finished allowing you to include me in your circular argument. Bye.

46 posted on 08/14/2013 2:16:54 PM PDT by South40
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It didn’t have to be mentioned in the article to be a relevant comment (whether an A6 or 5000). You’re the one who also added “fine German engineering”. The 5000 showed that is not always the case. You seem to think only the literal words of an article are the only thing that can be discussed - that all else is taboo, and that most certainly is not always the case here.


47 posted on 08/14/2013 2:22:30 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: bigdaddy45

You can always tell who the de-balled men are who have wives that make them drive a mini-van or some econobox by all the hate for the BMW drivers.


48 posted on 08/14/2013 2:24:17 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: South40
I drive an Audi A6. I enjoy all the benefits of a German luxury car w/o the negative connotations mentioned in this article. :-)

I had an A6 (a glutton for punishment, I had the dual turbo six cylinder) and will have another before long, but my 3-series is just a solid car and have no regrets buying it.

49 posted on 08/14/2013 2:28:40 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Gaffer; South40

All I’m going to add to this is, if my ‘82 Audi was any indication German engineering is grossly overrated. It was the biggest POS I have ever owned (and I’ve owned two GM products).


50 posted on 08/14/2013 2:31:05 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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