Large-car drivers 'are big bullies'

Large-car drivers 'are big bullies'

Drivers of small cars are the most considerate and courteous while those with large-engined cars are the biggest bullies on the road, a survey has shown.

A poll commissioned by Fuelcard Company found that large-engined drivers were the ones most unlikely to let other vehicles out at busy junctions, with nearly half - 47% - not stopping at designated crossings.

When they did let smaller vehicles pass ahead, the driver was three times more likely to be a woman.

Owners of large vehicles were also guilty of jumping lights, tailgating, and being inconsiderate towards pedestrians. The worst tended to be owners of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and drivers of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

On the contrary, drivers of smaller vehicles - especially those of SmartCars, Fiat 500s and Volkswagen Polos - were the most courteous and showed the most consideration.

Fuelcard Company marketing director Jakes de Kock said: "City driving can add extra pressure to a motorist's journey as drivers are more likely to encounter high volumes of traffic and congestion, resulting in defensive driving techniques.

"Aggressive driving is not only dangerous but can actually increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%. Constantly breaking too hard at lights, speeding up to overtake at every opportunity and driving in a fast pace means you're using up more fuel than is necessary."

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