There has long been a series of urban myths and unwritten rules that govern the way we drive.
Are people in 4x4s really the king of the road? Do people get car envy? Do motorists really not respect younger drivers as much as their older peers?
Bristol Street Motors decided to put these myths to the test and found drivers are more considerate and courteous depending on what type of car you drive and your actions on the road.
The survey results found that nearly a third of motorists will give you family cars preferential treatment compared to other cars when you’re at a junction. Surprisingly, and despite often getting a bad name, one in five motorists would be more likely to give way to van drivers over other types of vehicles – the second-highest figure in our survey results.
Unfortunately, the vehicle type that motorists would be least likely to give way to at a junction would be a convertible, with only 2% responding that they would.
Over half of motorists are more courteous to older drivers (54%).
With younger drivers more likely to have recently passed their test compared to older drivers, it’s perhaps disappointing that their age group receives the least amount of courtesy on the road with just 12%.
On the other hand, it should be also be seen as a positive sign that UK motorists evidently respect older drivers the most.
About 45% of motorists are more careful around classic cars.
The UK is home to many classic cars, from the Austin Mini to the Jaguar E-type. Overall, 72% of motorists said they would consider driving more carefully around classic cars, while 45% said they definitely would.