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How Irish motorists treat the drivers of posh cars: 'People are less inclined to let you out of a side road or change lanes'

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

The new Audi A4 - the brand came out on top as the one people want to own
The new Audi A4 - the brand came out on top as the one people want to own

I notice it when I'm driving a posh car. People are less inclined to let you out of a side road or change lanes. They look at the emblem and one can, almost unconsciously, hear them think to themselves: "You can wait there now mister, so you can."

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I've always thought the mindset behind such attitudes was based on a sort of love/hate factor. And new research would appear to bear that out.

It found that Audi, BMW and Mercedes are top of the list of car brands drivers most want to own. But - and this is the critical bit - they also regard those behind the wheel of such cars as being poor drivers.

It is a strange mix, I agree, but there is no doubt it highlights a two-tone approach. Not for a moment can anyone claim that drivers of prestige cars are poor - no more than those who drive other cars. So is it more a matter of 'If I can't have it, I'll knock it'? I think so. And one way of doing that is to 'diss' the driver.

Anyway, Audi came out on top as the brand most people wanted; 29pc of those surveyed said they would like to own one. BMW came second on 26pc with Mercedes the dream machine for 25pc.

It is a bit unfair to Mitsubishi (3pc), Jeep (3pc) and Subaru for them to be included towards the bottom of the list.

The Gocompare study in the UK also asked the same 1,570 drivers in the survey about the car brands they thought had the worst drivers.

Was it a loaded question or a piece of scientifically deduced fact? BMW, Audi and Mercedes topped that list as well. Loaded question, I think.

But I wonder will those drivers think that if, and when, some of them own a prestige model.

Will they become 'bad drivers' overnight?

Let us have your opinion please: ecunningham@independent.ie

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