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News Study Shows That BMW Drivers Most Likely to be Psychopaths

Study Shows That BMW Drivers Most Likely to be Psychopaths

If you drive a BMW, you’re likely to register high on the psychopathy scale


  • Audi and Fiat round out the Top 3.

  • The results were tabulated via a 12-question survey by 2,000 drivers.

  • EV drivers are really bad.


Road rage, or other driving-related unsavory behaviour, is a problem, and an increasing one at that. Although it can happen at any time, occasionally it’s predictable as a recent study has just determined.

Data compiled by Scrap Car Comparison shows that drivers driving certain brands are more likely to exhibit abnormal anti-social behaviour and behave like psychopaths. The results reveal that BMW drivers are the worst offenders.

2021 BMW M3 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The study took the form of a survey administered to 2,000 drivers of varying car makes and models and included 12 questions that are capable of defining where a person falls on the psychopathy scale.

Respondents’ results were ranked on a scale of zero (no psychopathy) to 36 (psychopathy likely) with respondents averaging 6.6 on the scale. BMW drivers scored nearly twice the average at 12.1 and were closely followed by Audi drivers at 11.7.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Beyond makes and models, EV drivers were found to have the highest levels of psychopathic personality traits and behaviours, scoring 16 out of 36…

Here are the top 10 brand drivers with the most psychopathic tendencies:

RankCar brandAverage psychopathy score (/36)
1BMW12.1
2Audi11.7
3Fiat7.0
4Mazda6.4
5Honda6.3
6Ford6.1
7Mercedes-Benz5.9
8Citroen5.8
9Volkswagen5.4
10Hyundai5.3

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

3 COMMENTS

  1. I almost had a seizure trying to read this article. Was the author blasted drunk at 3am while composing this?

    You shouldn’t just go around jamming commas into run on sentences. Udemy should offer an affordable class on composition, Matt.

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