OK, time for a bit of cross-ocean multi-cultural research.
I have noticed that road behaviour on the Dutch (and other European) highways shows some remarkable uniformatity across car brands. I’ll give a few examples:
BMW 3 Series: Tailgaters, will pass on the right (which is illegal over here), always speed excessively.
VW Golf (could be Rabbit in the US): Tailgaters FROM HELL, think they own the road, 80% have front fog lights on even in summer ‘becuz it looks kewl’.
Mercedes Benz: Will tailgate, and litterally push you off the road when you don’t respond to tailgating. Apparently, a 2000 kilo car makes one very confident.
Ford Mondeo, Opel Vectra and other VERY mundane cars (99% are lease cars): Bunch of fog light fetisjists (sp?), mostly boring suburban types who think they become superman once the engine revs. Lots of station wgons in this category.
Cars like Aston Martin and Ferrari are not to be judged. I mean, if you pay $200,000 for a racing machine that has 5 times the horsepower my car has, hell yeah I’ll move over and let you pass - you’ve earned it.
Peugeot: beautiful machines, driven by social and relaxed drivers who anticipate, move rapidly but not dangerously, leave distances and ALWAYS use their indicators.
Guess what kind of car I drive
Anyway, are there any such correlation noticable on the great highways of North America ? Or, any other place in the world, for that matter ? Just want to know.
This COULD be the shortest lived thread ever - maybe I’m the only one who’s intrigued by this phenomenon… let’s wait and see.
“You know how complex women are”
- Neil Peart, Rush (1993)