BMW drivers are more likely to be psychopaths, study shows
Surprisingly, electric car owners were found to have a higher chance of being a psychopath than hybrid, petrol or diesel drivers
New research from Scrap Car Comparison reveals that BMW owners are more likely to be psychopaths than drivers of any other brand of car.
The research involved 2,000 drivers of varying car makes and models to complete the ‘Psychopath Test’ – a twelve-question survey that is able to define where a person falls on the psychopathy scale.
Coming out on top were BMW drivers who scored an average 'psychopathy score' of 12.1 out of 36. Following closely behind are Audi drivers at 11.7 and in third place are Fiat drivers with a 7/36.
Latterly, the drivers with the lowest psychopathy score were Skoda drivers, scoring just 3.2 on the psychopathy scale.
Another interesting takeaway from this research is that electric car owners were found to have the highest levels of psychopathic personality traits across the entire study, scoring 16/36. On top of that, those who drive gold coloured cars, or who have personalised number plates were also found to have higher scores of psychopathy.
Dan Gick, Managing Director of Scrap Car Comparison said: “While our findings might back up some existing stereotypes of drivers who are unsafe on the road, it’s worth noting that none of the levels seen in our study were of any cause for concern, and while certain TV shows or films might trivialise what it means to be a psychopath, it is a condition that should be taken seriously.
"For us, the number one priority is ensuring that whether you drive a BMW or a Skoda, you’re staying safe while driving so that your car doesn’t have to prematurely hit the scrap heap!”