Study: Aggressive Drivers Tend to Have Bumper Stickers

Posted: June 19, 2008

If you want a peaceful ride to work, stay away from cars with bumper stickers.

The Washington Post explains, "That's the surprising conclusion of a recent study by Colorado State University social psychologist William Szlemko. Drivers of cars with bumper stickers, window decals, personalized license plates and other 'territorial markers' not only get mad when someone cuts in their lane or is slow to respond to a changed traffic light, but they are far more likely than those who do not personalize their cars to use their vehicles to express rage -- by honking, tailgating and other aggressive behavior."

The Post adds, "It does not seem to matter whether the messages on the stickers are about peace and love…or angry and in your face.  According to CSU researchers, a Prius with a "My Child is an Honors Student" sticker on the bumper is about as likely to cut you off as an Expedition with a "My Kid Beat Up Your Honors Student" sticker.

Autoblog comments, "Those stickers make cars an extension of their drivers' home turf, which they will defend if they feel you're threatening it in any way. Conversely, people whose autos retain their stock appearance are more likely to show patience behind the wheel."

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