I thought I would change subject of this forum slightly and talk about an interesting experiment where they put college students at a crosswalk and told them to try crossing when the approaching car would have enough distance to stop. they noticed a few facinating things about people who drive expensive cars along with hybrid owners like the prius
here's a quote from the article
In a final experiment, the researchers took their hypothesis to the streets. At a busy intersection in the San Francisco Bay area, the team stationed "pedestrians" at crosswalks, with instructions to approach the crossing at a point when oncoming drivers would have a chance to stop. Observers coded the status of the cars' drivers based on the vehicles' age, make, and appearance. Drivers of shiny, expensive cars were three times more likely than those of old clunkers to plow through a crosswalk, failing to yield to pedestrians as required by California state law. High-status motorists were also four times more likely than those with cheaper, older cars to cut off other drivers at a four-way stop.
In an interesting twist, about one-third of Prius drivers broke crosswalk laws, putting the hybrid among the highest "unethical driving" car brands. "This is a good demonstration of the 'moral licensing' phenomenon, in which hybrid-car drivers who believe they're saving the Earth may feel entitled to behave unethically in other ways," Piff says. (The Prius results were observed but not analyzed for statistical significance in the study.)
Piff says the study may shed light on the hotly debated topic of income inequality. "Our findings suggest that if the pursuit of self-interest goes unchecked, it may result in a vicious cycle: self-interest leads people to behave unethically, which raises their status, which leads to more unethical behavior and inequality."
I'm sure everyone reading this will say THEY always stop and THEY will always stop and they must be talking about another earth saving expensive car driving person... but it's an interesting read and I thought I would share it. It brings up the point that maybe sometimes we should consider ourselves EV ambassadors and try and stop at crosswalks more often, be courteous to other drivers and bike riders on the road and stop at lemonade stands (see my previous post)
Most importantly maybe we should not consider ourselves better then most ICE drivers who may not have the money right now but wish they could be able to afford these amazing envirmrntally friendly car. (my car is still in the factory being built as of this morning)
For example... A response on the bike issue from a post below... a forum member comment was the following..."I must comment: I see "as a cyclist" at the start of a few posts above. Not to be overly cynical, but aren't most people cyclists? Where I grew up, just about everyone learned to ride a bike somewhere between 5 and 7, so it's not exactly an achievement nor a great qualification to start a post with. I could understand if a comment start "as an audiologist" or "as an emergency room doctor" or accident analyst etc.
Seriously, on a public road you should either equip yourself with a rear view mirror, have exquisite hearing, look over your shoulder fairly often or expect a friendly "toot" every now and then.
On the other hand, if your delicate sensibilities render you likely to fall over at a loud noise, you might be better with some training wheels.
And by the way, I can and do ride two wheeled vehicles all varieties.
Anyway.. not looking to start a fight just thought I would pass this along as it was an interesting read
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