Middle-aged men and older women, it turns out, are some of the most likely people to receive speeding tickets, according to Quality Planning, a San Francisco company that validates policyholder information for auto insurers. Believe it or not, it’s not those flashy red sports cars that get cited for speeding the most, either. However, if you happen to see a middle-aged man driving a foreign vehicle (like Volkswagen GTI or Mercedes-Benz CLS) you might want to get out of their way. Oh, and if it’s a middle-aged male driving a Hummer, really get out of the way.
To determine the cars most likely to get a ticket, Quality Planning’s analysts looked at traffic violation data from February 2009 through February 2010, counting the number of violations racked up by different car models. To account for the difference in number of cars on the road, they averaged the violation count per 100,000 miles driven. Vehicles that have been discontinued for more than 10 years were not included in the analysis.
Some of the more interesting findings included:
- Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: Drivers of this luxury vehicle were 4 times as likely to be cited for speeding.
- Only one SUV was in the top ten vehicles to be cited for speeding, the Hummer H2. Quality Planning believes this is because drivers who carry multiple passengers–especially young passengers in car seats–significantly alter the way they drive.
- The Pontiac Grand Prix was the only Detroit Big Three vehicle still in production to make it to the infamous top ten.
- The Toyota Camry: while this car isn’t known for its raw speed and power, it was one of the top ten most ticketed vehicles because of who is likely to purchase it – older women. Women above 50 are less likely to have young children as passengers. According to Quality Planning that’s the profile of the type of person that would buy and drive a Camry and Solara–and drive it quickly.
While speeding isn’t the only factor when it comes to automobile accidents, it definitely plays a large part in many accidents that our firm handles. If you see someone nearby speeding, I’d recommend that you play it safe and stay behind him or her if possible.