There’s good attention and then there’s bad attention. Insurance. com made a list of the cars that get the least and most speeding tickets in the United States that could put things into a perspective.
TOP 10 of the most ticketed cars
- Lexus ES 300 – 33%
- Nissan 350Z – 33%
- Dodge Charger SE/SXT – 32%
- Volkswagen Jetta GL– 31%
- Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS/LT – 31%
- Mazda 3S – 30%
- Volkswagen GTI – 30%
- Dodge Stratus SXT – 30%
- Acura 3.0s – 30%
- Toyota Tacoma – 30%
The survey gathered data from over 320,000 drivers and 331 vehicle models between January 1st 2014 and February 1st 2016. They only took cars into consideration that had more than 250 insurance quotes.
According to the website, there are a few patterns observed. It seems that older cars have a higher tendency to get speeding tickets. For example, drivers of the Lexus ES 300 have the highest number of traffic violations, rounding up at 33%, which is 1 in 3 drivers of that particular model. It’s a pretty big number, and it was taken into account that it was released back in 2003.
That, in itself, could be a possible explanation as to why. Parents could be handing off their old vehicles to their children, who are less experienced behind the wheel. Thus, it results in older cars being involved in more speeding penalizations or failing to use the signal. A younger person, who has had the vehicle passed down to them will likely receive more tickets.
Following the Lexus, the Nissan 350Z is on second place, which isn’t very surprising. Its sleek aspect it quite eye-catching, so it would be hard to miss the sports car rushing down the streets. The same could be said about the Dodge Charger SE/SXT, which fell on third place. The surprising entry on the list of most ticketed, however, is the Volkswagen Jetta GL, ranked fourth. While it’s still sports-car-like, it’s more of a family vehicle.
TOP 10 of the least ticketed cars
- Buick Encore – 3%
- Lexus IS350 – 3%
- Acura ILX – 6%
- Cadillac ATS – 6%
- Chevrolet Express – 8%
- Cadillac Escalade – 8%
- GMC Savana – 9%
- Audi A3 2-Series – 9%
- BMW 320I – 10%
- Land Rover Range Rover – 11%
On the flip side though, the Buick Encore SUV was the least ticketed car in the United States, with a mere 3%, followed by the Lexus IS350, Acura ILX, Cadillac ATS, and the Chevy Express. However, this naturally does not mean that driving either of these cars will get you the least attention. That was not the purpose of their survey.
According to Jacqueline Leppla from the Quinn Street Insurance, it’s the drivers, not the vehicles that attract the tickets. Their study is not implying that certain cars draw more speeding violations, but it’s their appeal to certain types of drivers. Those who are more likely to get ticketed are drawn to these models, it seems. Leppla emphasized that certain drivers are more aggressive and attracted to certain types of cars.
Although it is interesting that many on the list of most ticketed are associated with street racing.
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