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BMW Drivers Named Worst Drivers On The Road

BMW Drivers Named Worst Drivers On The Road

A survey of 4,000 people found that Beamer owners just aren't very popular

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

BMW drivers are the 'the worst' on the roads, a new study has found.

A survey carried out by vehicle finance firm Moneybarn found that Beamer owners really aren't very popular with other motorists.

Back in April, the firm asked 4,000 people who they thought were the 'worst drivers on the road'.

And almost 40 percent (39.1 percent) of respondents said they had a big problem with BMW drivers.

The report said: "It's clear that BMW drivers have built up quite the reputation for them, hence the joke that BMW's don't come with indicators.


"And to hammer home how the rest of the public seems to think about them, a quick internet search for the term 'why are BMW drivers...' sees Google suggest results such as 'so hated', 'so arrogant' and 'idiots'.

Surprisingly, Audi drivers, anecdotally the most maligned motorists on the roads, were well behind in second place, with just 14.1 percent of people choosing them.

"With a reputation for tailgating, owners of the German automobiles are clearly better thought of than those of BMWs, although they're still clearly up there with some of the drivers that annoy us the most," said the survey.

While way back in third were white van drivers, who somehow managed to escape with just 7.9 percent of the vote.

Maybe people didn't read the question properly.

The top five was rounded off by Range Rover and Ford owners, who received 4.6 percent and 4.2 percent of the vote, respectively.

The report said: "Perhaps their lofty position gives Range Rover drivers gives them a sense of entitlement on the roads, or perhaps that's just an unfair stereotype from those of us suffering from SUV envy?"


Tim Schwarz, Head of Marketing and Product Development at Moneybarn, said the figures will no doubt shock some people.

He said: "It may come as a surprise that BMW drivers are disliked nearly five times more than white van drivers, as it's a common perception that white van drivers aren't the most accommodating on the roads.

"However, our research reveals that BMW drivers are the nation's least favourite drivers, as 39.1% of people voted them the worst drivers, followed by Audi drivers (14.1 percent).

"The white van is a common commercial vehicle which is well-known as the vehicle of choice for delivery drivers, builders, plumbers, key workers and more - yet 7.9 percent of people think they are the worst drivers on the roads.

"There's a common misconception that all people who drive a specific brand, such as BMW or Audi, are worse drivers, however it's all subjective and what you drive doesn't make you a better or worse driver!"

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Car, BMW