DRIVING STYLES: Do wealthy people feel entitled???

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 26, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    Now the title of this thread is pretty ambigious, but what I'm asking is whether you believe, when driving, weathy people feel that they somehow "deserve" to get away with more than their "lesser income" counterparts.

    Specifically, this thread has to do with driving and driving styles. I suppose it could be applied to anything, but I'm trying to focus here on how people drive their vehicles and observance of traffic laws. This isn't about greed or whether the weathy deserve their money or how they earn it. It's is about how they behave when driivng their cars.

    I live an a higher income area... our roads are new and very nice, the best schools, a new hospital, speed limits that are 40 milies and hour and residents that routinely go 50 mph or above.

    My bf and I had an experience recently when we were driving down one of these roads and got passed by a neighboring resident going about 60 in the 40 mph zone... and tailgated my bf (and he was going 45 in the 40 zone).
    It happens every day. The dude could have easily passed us in his Mercedes, but wanted to make some kind of point. He received my bf's middle finger.

    So do you think this is society in general or is there anything to this question?
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    Aug 26, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
    I wouldn't generalize. I don't see aggressive driving as you described, but I do see people speed and are distracted. I think they are often unaware of their speed. From what I observe in my area and others, I think bad driving cuts across the economic strata, and probably results from carelessness rather than entitlement.
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    Aug 26, 2011 12:43 PM GMT
    hum. i tend to slow RIGHT down with tailgaters. If necessary stopping the car altogether. Most people canĀ“t be bothered to waste time "making their point".

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    Aug 26, 2011 12:46 PM GMT
    Poor driving habits have nothing to do with a person's financial position. Although there may be a slight temptation from those with significant assets to think, "my reality is more important." It's like the King or Queen saying, "I am in control and my subjects, must submit to my rule." Just my opinion.
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    Aug 26, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    vincent7 saidPoor driving habits have nothing to do with a person's financial position. .


    I would tend to agree, I've been in some lower income areas and have met drivers who seem absolutely clueless and rude. But what I have found in my area just seems so consistent, I thought I would throw it out and see what perceptions were out there.
  • Celticmusl

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    Aug 26, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
    Yes, because rich people can afford to get their car fixed, and pay for the hike in insurance premiums.

    The exact opposite is true as well. People with POS cars can be pretty daring and aloof with how they drive because their car is a banged up piece of junk anyway.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    My passive-aggressive comes out, and I put my warning/blinkers on when somebody gets on my tail.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    when I drive the subaru, people never let me pass

    When I drive the BMW people always let me pass.


    society creates this problem. icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    From the first time I ever drove down to the Miami, Florida area in 1973 I noticed and remarked that people here drive in an arrogant and selfish manner meant to communicate their "status." The more important they think they are, whether they really are or not, the worse they drive, the more they take advantage of others on the road. I've often said that Mercedes & BMW cars should all be recalled, because the manufacturers obviously failed to equip them with turn signals.

    I was in the Military Police, and would do some liaison with local civilian law enforcement. And one of the things cops told me privately is that they often overlooked bad driving & speeding by luxury cars, because their drivers were more likely to be powerful politicians, lawyers and the wealthy, who would make life miserable for the cop who wrote them a ticket, mainly by humiliating them in traffic court, or pulling strings in their supervisory chain. Whereas they could stop the average driver and get an "easy kill" with no appeals or court appearances, and the ticket brought in just as much revenue.

    And you can observe it in many US metro areas. Look to see what kinds of middle-class cars get pulled over, but notice how fast & reckless the luxury cars drive without police interference. I don't think in over 4 years of living here continuously now have I seen a Mercedes getting a traffic ticket, but they sure drive like madmen.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    according to my friend. Infinitis get no respect. icon_lol.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 26, 2011 1:21 PM GMT
    I think it's more about gender rather than income.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    Avadakedavra had a lexus in California.....so he must have been an evil bitch on the road.........

    Now had has a Prius in California.......I can only imagine the sense of entitlewave that causes....icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:28 PM GMT
    I agree, I think a general rule is the more expensive a vehicle, the more obnoxious the driver. They think they own the road. It really annoys me, especially when they are causing situations that are dangerous to me or others around - I don't care if they kill themselves, in fact I would be happy for them to.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:28 PM GMT
    dekiruman saidAvadakedavra had a lexus in California.....so he must have been an evil bitch on the road.........

    Now had has a Prius in California.......I can only imagine the sense of entitlewave that causes....icon_neutral.gif

    A Prius can cause a sense of HOV. Here in Florida and elsewhere having a hybrid or electric car gets you an HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) sticker, that entitles you to drive in the mullti-passenger commuter lanes even when only the driver is riding in the car.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    i paid good money for those three letters on my hood. get the hell out of my way.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 26, 2011 1:32 PM GMT
    They will get theirs. When they run over some child playing in the street.
    Living in Atlanta, I do think we have bad traffic, and really bad drivers. There is a 4 way stop at the corner where I live and I've almost been hit, I watched a guy barely pull his dogs out of the crosswalk.
    As far as entitled drivers, yes they think they can afford the car, the insurance, the rules don't apply.
    Don't get suckered into their style, if they want to be dangerous, just watch some TruTV and see what happens when they do make a mistake.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidi paid good money for those three letters on my hood. get the hell out of my way.

    In the mid-1960s I was already driving, but one day two of my friends & I had an opportunity to hitch a ride into Manhattan with one of their fathers. The son rode shotgun, and my best friend & I sat in back.

    And the father was one of these drivers whose foot either has the gas pedal floored, or is jamming on the brakes, nothing in between. And so I felt like an ice cube in a cocktail shaker in the back seat, lurching all over the place, in the days when we only had lap belts.

    Plus cars were honking all around us on the highway, as the father wildly weaved this huge GM barge of that era in and out of traffic without signaling. At one point his son turned around to us and said proudly:

    "Isn't my Dad a great driver? He'll get us there in no time!"

    Later when the 3 of us got dropped off in town the son started bragging about his father's driving skills again. I'd had enough of this:

    "Look," I said, "the only reason we weren't all killed several times back there isn't because your father is a good driver, but because the OTHER drivers were good enough to get out of his way in time." My best friend agreed, and the other guy shut up about the subject. We were taking a bus back home anyway, so I wasn't worried I'd lose my ride home with Dad for my remarks.

    So it is with many of these Beemer drivers. Their driving sucks, but other drivers have fast enough reaction times to get out of their way. It's no wonder Miami-area car insurance rates are among the highest in the US.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:50 PM GMT


    What this has to do with living in nice area I don't know.

    But congrats on dropping that in. lol

    I think people should overtake, however 45 in a 40 sounds more like 40 in a 40 and in which case is a bit slow.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Dallasfan824 saidi paid good money for those three letters on my hood. get the hell out of my way.



    So it is with many of these Beemer drivers. Their driving sucks, but other drivers have fast enough reaction times to get out of their way.


    Its Bimmer. Beemer's are the motorcycles. Bimmers are the cars icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:01 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 said
    Art_Deco said
    Dallasfan824 saidi paid good money for those three letters on my hood. get the hell out of my way.

    So it is with many of these Beemer drivers. Their driving sucks, but other drivers have fast enough reaction times to get out of their way.

    Its Bimmer. Beemer's are the motorcycles. Bimmers are the cars icon_razz.gif

    Oh yeah, right, sorry, force of habit. I owned a Beemer R90/6 in 1975-76, in fact rode it down to the Keys several times, the Everglades, Disneyworld, and all around this area on vacations. Actually not a very good bike, despite its reputation, constant repairs, sold it after 10 months. But I've never owned a 4-wheeled "Bimmer."
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    I own the road when I'm driving my Porsche (that's "por-sha," not "porsh"). Just kidding. Seriously, though, no one should feel entitled to any of our public roads (roads that all taxpayers pay for), regardless of financial wherewithal. If someone's really filthy rich, someone else should be driving him or her...and certainly not in some relatively affordable BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, etc.
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    I usually find people who can afford luxury/sports/custom vehicles often park on disabled user zones (without permit) or park between linesicon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gif

    What the idiots are scared of scratches....I have news for them....All car owners are scared of scratches on their cars when they park but everyone risks it anyway....
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Dallasfan824 said
    Art_Deco said
    Dallasfan824 saidi paid good money for those three letters on my hood. get the hell out of my way.

    So it is with many of these Beemer drivers. Their driving sucks, but other drivers have fast enough reaction times to get out of their way.

    Its Bimmer. Beemer's are the motorcycles. Bimmers are the cars icon_razz.gif

    Oh yeah, right, sorry, force of habit. I owned a Beemer R90/6 in 1975-76, in fact rode it down to the Keys several times, the Everglades, Disneyworld, and all around this area on vacations. Actually not a very good bike, despite its reputation, sold it after 10 months.


    as long as when you see the angel eyes bearing down on you in the rear view you move to the right and put the prius in electric mode..all is forgiven
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:10 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidI own the road when I'm driving my Porsche (that's "por-sha," not "porsh"). Just kidding. Seriously, though, no one should feel entitled to any of our public roads (roads that all taxpayers pay for), regardless of financial wherewithal. If someone's really filthy rich, someone else should be driving him or her...and certainly not in some relatively affordable BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, etc.


    Im really not feeling the Panamera.
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    I dont think so... I drive an Audi S4 and I definitely am not an asshole driver.

    If you're an asshole, you're an asshole. I've had people cut me off and tail me in everything from Porsches to Toyota Tercels.......

    Truth is, you can't really generalize.