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Car Colour, Car Type and Car Cleanliness Affects Driver Behaviour Towards Other Motorists

Hate bumper stickers? Favour drivers with the same car as you? Get annoyed when you see a driver using a mobile phone? If so, you’re not alone. A new survey by Continental Tyres reveals that 45% of Brits allow their own prejudices to affect how courteous or aggressively they act towards other road users.

In a survey of 2,000 drivers, more than a third of drivers admit they allow factors such as car colour, car type and car cleanliness to affect how they behave towards other drivers.

Six in ten drivers admitted to getting agitated by a sticker for a rival sports team, a cause or organisation, while drivers in flash cars are twice as likely not to be let out at a junction because other drivers believe ‘they think they’re it’.

“It is alarming that 34 per cent of drivers will change their driving style based on a prejudice about something as unimportant as how clean a vehicle is,” comments Mark Griffiths, spokesman for Continental Tyres.

“Keen observation is vital for road safety and this study was part of our commitment to making driving safer, while trying to understand the ways that motorists behave."

Number one on the list of pet hates is drivers using a mobile phone, making it the biggest reason why drivers will not let someone pull out.

But don’t worry sports fans, its not all bad news. The survey also found that 27% of drivers make an effort to be courteous to people in the same make and model of car as them. Good news for Ford Fiesta drivers then, the best selling car in the UK.

Mark Griffiths at Continental Tyres added: “We might form opinions of people based on issues like appearance, though for that to lead to more aggressive driving is dangerous. We think road users must be courteous to others at all times."

“Rather than aesthetic and other non-risk affecting features, the importance should be placed on factors like driving behaviour, car safety and tyre condition – as these are the things that really impact on safety."

The top ten of drivers we are least likely to let in at a junction are:

1. Anyone using a mobile phone
2. Performance car
3. Towing a caravan
4. Flash car
5. 4x4
6. Taxi driver
7. Learner
8. Bus
9. Van
10. Pensioner