Have you ever wondered why certain things seems to happen to you? Like flies attracted to sugar, some problem is forever attracted to you. Take speeding tickets, for example. Whether you drive your car on some two-lane secluded road or traverse a highway, it seems that no matter where you are going there are police waiting to bounce on you for speeding.
Well, these feelings of paranoia may be justified. The police aren't necessarily going after you. They are going after your car. An insurance research company called Quality Planning has done a study on who gets issued speeding tickets. They examined several makes and models of cars and how likely they were to get ticketed over the course of traveling 100,000 miles.
And, believe it or not, there was a pattern. However, it wasn't what you may have thought. Of course, when talking about speed and speeding tickets, most people probably suspect that performance cars with speed in their reputation would be the target of police. The Mustangs, the Ferraris, the Corvettes, to name a few. But no, that is not the case. Cars that got the tickets were luxury performance cars. The top 10 list includes three Mercedes-Benz models and two Scions models.
- Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Convertible
- Toyota Camry Solara
- Scion TV
- Hummer H2
- Scion XB
- Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG
- Acura Integra
- Pontiac Grand Prix
- Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG
- Volkswagen GTI
Suppose you wanted to drive a vehicle that did not attract the eye of the police seeking to give out speeding tickets? Quality Planning discovered that the vehicles that were pretty much left alone are those that have reputations as family cars -- vehicles that would most likely be carrying kids. These include SUVs and minivans. Specific models of what Quality Planning calls "Cautious Vehicles" include the Buick Rainer, Mazda Tribute, Chevrolet Pickup, and the Kia Spectra.