How much does what you drive affect the attitudes of other drivers?

We are fortunate to have a few different vehicles which get used for different things. In the last few days I have had three shocking experiences with aggressive drivers while driving my wife's Hybrid Toyota Auris. I've been left wondering if it is coincidence or if there is a correlation between the car and attitudes of other drivers.

This morning I had an idiot in a diesel 3 Series BMW tailgate me up a narrow lane and then overtake me on a blind bend as I was slowing down to turn right, with my right indicator on. I had to stamp on the brakes to avoid a collision. This left me feeling absolutely furious. YK12RJY, I doubt very much you are reading this, I doubt very much that someone of your intellect can read at all. On the off chance that you are, I hope you kill yourself soon in a single vehicle accident, before you kill anybody else. You complete cretin.

This morning I had an idiot in a diesel 3 Series BMW tailgate me up a narrow lane and then overtake me on a blind bend as I was slowing down to turn right, with my right indicator on. I had to stamp on the brakes to avoid a collision. This left me feeling absolutely furious. YK12RJY, I doubt very much you are reading this, I doubt very much that someone of your intellect can read at all. On the off chance that you are, I hope you kill yourself soon in a single vehicle accident, before you kill anybody else. You complete cretin.

Two days ago I reported a man to the Police. He was driving a Vauxhall Meriva with a couple of passengers onboard and forced me off the road onto the kerb by driving straight at me on a narrow residential road, with interspersed parked cars on his side of the road. He must have been doing 40mph in a 30mph limit where it genuinely isn't safe to do even that. He made no effort to slow down at all or negotiate, just drove straight at me and if I hadn't have swerved onto the kerb we would have had a head on collision.

Last month my wife and I were just driving up the local village High Street to the garden centre on a Sunday morning when a bloke in a Corsa came up behind us in the bloody High Street for Christ's sake, tailgated us and made several attempts to overtake, in a place with shops on either side of the road, parked cars everywhere and people milling around. At the roundabout at the end of the High Street I stopped and confronted him and found he had a heavily pregnant wife in the passenger seat who was in fits of tears and a little girl sitting loose in the back. This idiot just stared in front of him while I asked him what the hell he was doing and wouldn't make eye contact or respond in any way, while his poor wife was apologising.

These things never seem to happen when I am in one of the Jaguars (a 5.0l XK and 4.0l XK8 convertible), on my 1400cc Kawasaki or in my 40 year old ex army Land Rover. My wife does about 30,000 miles a year in the Auris and reports that she gets treated like this all the time, so anecdotally I'm starting to honestly think that it is the vehicle that some people see as a legitimate target for aggression and stupidity. And I think that is a very worrying insight into the mindset of a significant number of people we share the roads with.

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