Envious motorists are less likely to give way to large 4x4s than they are to people driving classic or unusual cars like the Volkswagen Beetle or Citroen 2CV, a new survey suggests.
Almost half those polled by the AA said they left more space between their vehicle and the car in front if it was being driven by an elderly motorist.
But 15% of UK drivers aged between 18 and 24 admit they try to race against a sports car when they are alongside one on the road.
And a third of younger drivers – and 19% of those surveyed overall – also put their hands up to becoming impatient with learner drivers.
Being impatient behind the wheel and failing to give way when required can raise the risk of motorists having a road traffic accident and the subsequent likelihood of a personal injury claim for compensation being lodged through a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
AA president Edmund King said the organisation had wanted to test various urban myths surrounding “car hierarchies”.
He said the results showed that some motorists were more considerate to others depending on who was driving and what type of car they were in.
Mr King said: “It seems that a trilby wearing driver in a classic car will be given more slack than one wearing a baseball cap in a sports car or 4×4.”
He said the impatience many motorists had with learner drivers is particularly worrying, adding: “Younger drivers, in particular, should have recent memories of what it was like driving with L plates.”
The AA president went on: “Although reassuring that almost half of drivers would not tailgate elderly drivers, it does beg the question as to why tailgate any driver?
“Driving too close to the car in front is the biggest danger on our motorways no matter what the age of the driver or indeed type of car.”
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