Some cars just seem to get ticketed more frequently than others…especially luxury cars. Of course the driver’s speed preferences must be factored into the equation, and yet many luxury car drivers tend to feel that they are targeted for tickets. What do you think?
Stats from Quality Planning, a Verisk Analytics company used by auto insurers to validate policyholder info analyze traffic violation data racked up by various car models. The data takes into consideration the number of cars on the road, and averages the violation count per 100,000 miles driven. Vehicles discontinued for over ten years are left out of the analysis. Hypercars like Ferrari, Lamborghini and exotic rental cars are on the roads in smaller numbers, likely the reason they do not appear here.
Here are the top 5 vehicles most likely to get a ticket:
1. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2. Scion tC
3. Hummer H2
4. Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG
5. Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. This luxury convertible is 4 times more likely (404%) to get a ticket. Drivers of this Mercedes are 41% male, 59% female, and average 53 years of age. No word on lead-foots, but Mercedes SL Class tickets seem almost a certainty (follow link for further details).
Scion tC. The Scion tC coupe drivers are 3.4 times more likely (343%) to get a ticket. Drivers of the Scion tC are 39% male, 61% female, and average 30 years of age. So are females more likely to speed, or more likely to be ticketed?
Hummer H2. Drivers of the Hummer H2 luxury SUV are 2.9 times more likely (292%) to get a ticket. Drivers of the H2 luxury SUV are 73% male, 27% female and average 46 years old. Well, it is no secret that men and soccer moms love luxury SUVs.
Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG. Drivers of the Mercedes CLS-63 AMG luxury sedan are 2.6 times more likely (264%) to get a ticket. These drivers are 58% male, 42% female, and average 46 years old.
Mercedes-Benz CLK-63 AMG. It seems that the Mercedes AMG is a frequently ticketed luxury car, with drivers of the CLK-63 1.8 times more likely (179%) to receive a ticket. Mercedes is a peppy luxury car; it may be too tempting to resist applying extra pressure to enjoy the smooth acceleration. Drivers of this model are 44% male, 56% female and average 47 years old. I would suggest a radar detector if you own a Mercedes CLK 63 AMG or drive a Mercedes rental car from time to time.
It surprises me that according to this study, the speed demons and most ticketed drivers are older in age. Yet that does make sense, as older drivers tend to be able to afford luxury cars at a higher percentage than younger drivers. What are your thoughts? Comment below.
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