A study published in the Journal of Psychology & Marketing has revealed that driving enthusiasts and gear heads are more likely to be aggressive drivers.
Perhaps because the observation is so obvious, a formal study has not been conducted until now. In a statement released by Temple University, Ayalla Ruvio, lead author of “Aggressive Driving: A Consumption Experience” tells us that her studies, “explain much of the phenomenon we knew existed.”
Ruvio’s studies also determined that, “young people who are in the early stages of forming their self-identity might feel the need to show off their car and driving skills more than others.” Extending the idea of one’s self identity affecting their attitude behind the wheel, Ruvio continues, “People with compulsive tendencies are more likely to drive aggressively with disregard for potential consequences. Increased materialism, or the importance of one’s possessions, is linked to increased aggressive driving tendencies.”
Moreover, as a general characteristics amongst the sample set of volunteers conducting the study, “a sense of being under time and pressure leads to more aggressive driving.”
As the studies prove nothing we haven’t already realized, we’re not sure what exactly is the significance of these findings.