It is Monday morning, the first day of yet another long and boring working week. You sit behind the wheel thinking how the weekend went by really quick. Was it not just yesterday that you were looking forward to a couple of days of complete rest and relaxation for your aching body? As the band called The Bangles would sing, “It’s just another manic Monday. I wish it was Sunday, because that’s my fun day.”
Suddenly, some guy gets a little too near your car. It almost bumped your shiny and expensive blue Beemer, which is what you call your BMW, and he did not even bother to wave an apology. That jerk needs a lesson, so you take off after him, roll down your window, flip him off and shout profanities that basically degraded the morality of his mother that you do not even know.
Rage While on the Machine
This is a classic case of road rage and you just satisfied every single criterion to those most associated with the condition. Studies have found that the most likely culprits of road rage are males between the ages of 35 and 50 years old, driving a blue car, with a brand like BMW, in the middle of rush hour on either a Monday morning or Friday afternoon.
The study also reveals that men usually lose their temper around seven times in one month, while women are slightly in control more, as they lose their cool only three times in a single month. The most common forms of expressing road rage are by shouting, swearing, erratic and unpredictable driving and bad signs and obscene gestures.
Color Me Bad
The study also shows the top colors of vehicles that are usually associated with road rage, though no explanations were given why they are so. We usually would guess red to be the color of the most common road rage offenders. After all, red is the color of anger. The idiomatic expression of “seeing red” must come from somewhere, right?
Surprisingly, red only placed fifth in the list of the top five colors of cars with the worst road rage drivers. Only 15 percent of respondents said that red is the color of choice. The top color turned out to be blue, with almost half of those interviewed, or 47 percent to be exact, saying that blue cars are the most inclined to commit road rage.
Other colors that placed prominently are black with 33 percent saying it is the color of rage, silver with 26 percent, and green with 19 percent.
Death Cars for Bullies
The survey also asked the respondents to name the vehicles of the drivers they regularly see bullying other automobiles. The result is this list of the top five car brands most associated with road rage.
Vauxhall is a car manufacturing company from the United Kingdom. It is a subsidiary of the German company called Adam Opel AG, which in turn is a subsidiary of the American giant called General Motors. The company has been around since 1857, commencing its car manufacturing in 1903, before being acquired by GM in 1925. Most of its cars are identical to those of Opel. Its range of cars includes the Adam, Agila, Ampera, Astra, Corsa, Insignia, Meriva, Mokka and Zafira Tourer. It sold more than 230,000 cars last year.
Subaru is a car manufacturer based in Japan. It is the automobile unit of the transportation conglomerate called Fuji Heavy Industries, or FHI. In terms of production, the company is the 26th biggest around the world. FHI is also partly owned by Toyota Motor Corporation, which has a 16.5 percent stake in the company. Some of its current models are the BRZ, Exiga, Forester, Impreza, Justy, Legacy or Liberty, Dex, Pleo, R1, R2, Sambar and Stella.
Audi is a car manufacturer based in Germany. The Volkswagen Group owns the company. It is considered as one of the country’s Big 3 luxury automakers, along with BMW and Mercedes Benz. The car is readily identifiable by its unique logo of four rings. It has a complete lineup of vehicles from the three-door hatchback mini and small family car to the sportback executive and full-size luxury sedan car. It also has several sports utility vehicles and several sports models.
2. Land Rover
The Land Rover is a car manufacturer from the United Kingdom that specializes in four-wheel-drive vehicles. It is considered as the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world, after the Jeep. The company is part of the Jaguar Land Rover Group, which is a subsidiary of Tata Motors of India. The Land Rover name actually came from one of the models of the Rover Company in 1948. After Rover was taken over by Leyland Motor Corporation in 1967, the latter later decided to set up a separate Land Rover company in 1978. Some of its current models include the Defender, Freelander 2, Discovery 4, Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.
BMW stands for Bayerishche Motoren Werke, or Bavarian Motor Works. It is a German company that was established in 1916. It is also the parent company of Rolls Royce Motor Cars. Last year, it produced more than 1.86 million cars and 125,000 motorcycles across all models. Some of its current models include the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series, with a 4 Series slated for release in 2014. It also has a lineup of SUVs like the X1, X3 and X5, as well as sports cars like the X6 and Z4.
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