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Trevor Collett | May, 13 2013 | 13 Comments

It might be the biggest-selling segment in the Australian new-car market, but a new report suggests buying an SUV brings out the worst in motorists.

A survey of 3726 Australian drivers for national insurer AAMI reveals that SUV owners -13.6 percent of respondents - react worst to frustration on the road.

The report ranked drivers across ten aggressive behaviours, with SUV drivers ranking last in six of the ten behaviours surveyed.

SUV drivers were found to be the most likely to have had a collision in the last five years because of their own impatience.

The report also claims SUV drivers are the most likely to consider themselves impatient drivers, yell or swear at other drivers and gesture rudely to another driver if they thought the other driver was doing something rude or dangerous.

Motorists in SUVs are also the most likely to ignore speed limits in places such as suburban roads or outside schools and are the most likely to have become angry with the actions of another driver and tailgated them as a result.

The survey also ranked drivers by the colour of their car, with drivers of black cars tending to be the most aggressive.

AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said the survey also disproved the stereotype of the young male hoon in his modified car being the most aggressive, with almost two-thirds of SUV drivers being women aged 25 to 49 years old or men aged 50 years and older.

“Simply being in a big car doesn’t give you any superiority on the road, despite what people think,” Mr Aitchison said. “Our statistics show it’s not the size of your car, it’s what you do with it that counts.”

“Getting aggro on the road won’t get you to your destination any faster, and the same rules apply to us all.”

Of the other drivers surveyed, 954 (25.6 percent) drove a small, two or three door car, 1,904 (51.1 percent) drove a sedan and 220 (5.9 percent) drove a wagon.

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