57% of all drivers in the United States admit they don’t use turn signals. Their reasons reveal the worst of driver psychology: Don’t have enough time.
A study conducted in Finland found that BMW and Audi drivers are the most likely to ignore traffic regulations and drive recklessly. They are also more likely to be self centered, unempathetic, and view themselves as superior. Interestingly, the connection mostly applies to men.
Drivers with more expensive cars are less likely to yield to pedestrians. A study has found that the likelihood of yielding goes down by 3% for every extra $1,000 in car value.
A Utah Highway Patrol officer pulled over what he believed to be an impaired driver. It was a 5 year old who had stolen his parents car and made it on to the freeway after an argument with Mom because she wouldn’t buy him a Lamborghini. He was on his way to California with $3 to purchase one.
In Estonia, drivers caught speeding along the road between Tallinn and the town of Rapla were stopped and given a choice. They could pay a fine, as normal, or take a “timeout” instead, waiting for 45 minutes or an hour, depending on how fast they were going when stopped.
Last year a Florida woman drove into a house because she was praying with her eyes closed…while driving.
Hummer drivers were statistically the worst drivers on the road, averaging 5x more traffic violations than any other vehicle.
Police in Chinese city of Shenzhen have come up with a novel “eye for an eye” method of punishing drivers who misuse their headlights and dazzle other road-users. Anyone doing so will be made to stare at the police’s own full-beam headlights for five minutes.
After a girl in his community was killed by a red-light runner, a 74 year old Chinese man spent an entire day hurling bricks at bad drivers. With his neighborhood cheering him on, he smashed over 30 red-light runners’ cars before the police asked him to stop.
The first long-distance journey with an automobile was done by a woman in August 1888 without telling her husband. She had to buy gas at pharmacies and constantly refill cooling water from streams or ditches. At times she had to clean the blocked fuel line using a hat pin or insulating the worn-through ignition wire with the help of a garter. Also, she invented brake lining on the journey.