If you’re trying to predict who will receive the most traffic tickets in a given year, take a look at the car they drive.
Quality Planning, an auto insurance analytics firm, examined a year’s worth of traffic-citation data to rank cars that are most and least likely to be cited for traffic violations.
The manner in which vehicles are driven — and the resulting violations and crashes — affect the drivers’ car insurance rates. Quality Planning’s study links the appeal of certain vehicles to drivers who tend to take more risks on the road. Generally, the cars with high citation rates are widely perceived as powerful or sporty. The study was based on the number of moving violations per 100,000 miles of driving.
Raj Bhat, the president of Quality Planning, calls the most-ticketed cars “spirited” vehicles. Drivers of the expensive Mercedes-Benz SL-class roadster had four times the average number of violations.
Both younger and older drivers are responsible for ticket problems. Scions, for example, are marketed to youthful drivers, and the study found that they typically are in their 30s. In contrast, the average age of the Mercedes-Benz SL-class driver is 53.
“If you tend to be not as rich, then maybe you tend toward the Scion,” Bhat says. “If you look at the Toyota Camry, it looks like a bread-and-butter car, but there is a sportier version, which is the Solara. If you can afford more, you get into the Mercedes-Benz.”
Complete List of Ticket Magnet Cars:
Toyota Camry Solara
Pontiac Grand Prix