Are BMW Drivers Mad?

Tue 30th Nov 2021

New research allegedly reveals that drivers of German cars are most likely to show psychopathic tendencies.

The analysis, from Scrap Car Comparison, asked 2,000 UK motorists to complete the infamous ‘psychopath test’ a series of 12 questions whereby your answers reveal how likely you are to exhibit abnormal or anti-social behaviour.

The results can rank on a scale of 0-18 (no psychopathy), 19-26 (psychopathy possible) to 27-36 (psychopathy likely).

The average score on the test is 6.6, but BMW drivers averaged 12.1 making them the highest score in the test, even if they still show no psychopathic tendencies. Audi drivers (11.7) are next on the list, with Fiat (7.0) in third place. The lowest score was 3.2 for Skoda owners.

The research also looked at a number of other factors, such as car colour, whether they had a personalised number plate and also fuel type. Interestingly, those who own an electric car scored 16, which is the highest average score and pushes them towards possible psychopathy.

“The popularity of true crime documentaries has resulted in a worldwide fascination with psychopaths. So, we were curious to discover whether there was any correlation between the car you drive and where you might sit on the psychopath scale,” said Dan Gick from Scrap Car Comparison.

“While our findings might back up some existing stereotypes of drivers who are unsafe on the road, it’s worth noting that none of the levels seen in our study were any cause for concern, and while certain TV shows or films might trivialise what it means it be a psychopath, it is a condition that should be taken seriously.

“For us, the number one priority is ensuring that whether you drive a BMW or a Skoda, you’re staying safe while driving so that your car doesn’t have to prematurely hit the scrap heap.”