Volvo owners have been the butt of bad jokes for decades, but are they really the worst drivers on the road? Not according to the results of Private Fleet's latest national driver's survey: the car buying service polled more than 3500 Australian drivers in an attempt to crown the best and worst car manufacturers based on the amount of accidents their owners cause.
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The Fleet Driving Survey 2013 asked respondents a series of questions including whether they have ever sent a text message behind the wheel, how many accidents they have caused (both serious and minor) and how often they get angry or frustrated behind the wheel. The data was then divided into the car type each respondent drove.
While the much-maligned Volvo still made it into the top five, Audi, Renault and Jeep drivers were all determined to be worse (Volvo ranked #4, followed by Suzuki). Despite only making up 1.4 per cent of the poll, Audi drivers managed to top the list as the worst on the road. Land Rover, Mitsubishi, BMW, Hyundai and Skoda drivers, meanwhile, were crowned the country's best.
Of course, not everybody agrees with the results of this survey; most notably Audi drivers.
"No way Audi drivers are worse than Volvo ones," claimed one disgruntled member of the OzAudi website. "For a start, we don't wear an 'old man's hat' while driving. At least I don't." (Perhaps someone should point out that headwear, fashionable or otherwise, does not increase your ability to drive.)
Interestingly, the survey also found that people earning over $200,000 per year are 60 per cent more likely to get angry behind the wheel than those on under $40,000. Also, women drivers are around 40 per cent more likely to be involved in an accident per kilometre driven (it says here).