Do you judge other drivers based on the car they drive?

A survey commissioned by Continental tyres in the UK has revealed the type of driver least likely to be let out at a junction writes Geraldine Herbert


People who use mobile phones at junctions are the least likely to be let out a new study claims. But while most would frown upon the use of mobile phones on the road and therefore  reckon such drivers deserve to be left waiting, the rest of the top ten list reveals more interesting prejudices; performance cars and flash cars come in at 2nd and 4th while those towing a caravan are 3rd on the list. In 5th place is the 4×4 driver while both taxi drivers and learner drivers slot in at 6th and 7th place respectively. Not surprisingly bus and van drivers are also on the list and pensioners are the 10th least likely type of driver to be let out at a junction.


Other findings included

  • 45 % of drivers surveyed allow their own prejudices to affect how courteous or aggressively they act towards other road users
  • 27 % of drivers are more likely to be courteous to people in the same make and model of car as them.
  • Opinions are divided on hybrid and electric vehicles with one in three believing owners are right to consider the environment and an equal number describing them as ‘tree-huggers’ or ‘self-righteous’.
  • Six out of ten drivers admitted they get agitated by a sticker for a rival sports team or in support of a cause or organisation.
  • Over half of all drivers expect to be stereotyped but only one in seven admit it affects their choice of car.


Listen back to The Last Word with Matt Cooper  Do you judge other drivers based on the car they drive? Geraldine Herbert ( and Michael Sheridan (RTE) discuss driver’s prejudices with Matt Cooper

So what do you think? Who are the worst drivers on the road? Leave a comment below


Geraldine Herbert

19thAugust, 2015


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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