Old, rich, self-centred and fat- that’s the city 4-wheel-driverI was reading this article in my local newspaper today about 4W Drivers. The Husband will tell you that I have this thing about 4WDs. I hate the aggressive "better than you" ( see HarrangueMan's Blog on this) attitude of the people who drive them, but if asked what type of car I would buy if I could have anything- it's a 4WD - in particular, a Hummer.
Left: Inkling's dream car (with jacked up suspension)
So you can imagine how disheartened when I read this article. Based on a report from The Australian Institute, issued by Clive Hamilton and Claire Barbato which looked into city drivers of large 4-wheel drives.
It states that “They might think of themselves as rugged individualists, but a report has found city owners of large four-wheel drives to be old, well-off, morally conservative, rich, self-centred and fat.”
This is what it has to say about the typical City 4-wheel driver:
- Typical driver is male
- Full time worker
- Higher than average income (duh, that’s how they can afford the expensive 4WD)
- Obese (2/3 of drivers were obese or overweight)
- Morally conservative
- Less community orientated
- More likely to dislike homosexuals
- Lower regard for indigenous culture
- Less sympathetic towards supporting disadvantaged people
- Drink beer- but not imported stuff
These people who I will to call ‘Rednecks’ are also less concerned about the impact of their decisions on others.
Left: A redneck in his car
Apparently owners of ‘Luxury’ 4WDs are different- younger, wealthier, keener to look good and more likely to be women. These drivers are said to be more materialistic (one in three agreed they were ‘born to shop’), less likely to be obese- but worriede about their weight and more likely to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner.
Ahh, now this is more like me.....