• Jun 18th 2008 at 4:29PM
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Colorado State University researchers have recently concluded a study on driver behavior revealing something that may or may not be surprising to you: drivers who personalize their cars with bumper stickers, custom plates and other such markings are likely to be more aggressive and confrontational out on the road. It's all about marking your territory, say the CSU eggheads. When people use their rear bumper to, say, advertise who they voted for in the last three presidential elections (along with every associated platform issue), brag about how smart their precious kids are, or remind us about the highly unfortunate event that took place on October 27, 2004, it's really the adhesive-based equivalent of what that next-door-neighbor's dog does when he lifts his leg on your gardenias.

Those stickers make cars an extension of their drivers' home turf, which they will defend if they feel you're threatening it in any way. Conversely, people whose autos retain their stock appearance are more likely to show patience behind the wheel. So, the next time you're getting yelled at, honked at, or getting the finger from another driver, try to sneak a peek at the rear bumper as they drive off in a huff. Chances are you'll find some reading material there.

Flip through the gallery below to see who you think might be the most aggressive drivers according to this new study.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      You're also an aggressive spammer. Have you submitted even one post this week where that stupid web link wasn't included?
      • 7 Years Ago
      From my observation cars with bump stickers are usually cheap and old types, which indicates the driver is either from a poor class who can only afford crappy second hand car, or a teenager who gets pissed off very easily, or both. And, the fact that one who has to use bump stickers to express himself hints that he is a nobody in real life, and no one cares about his opinions (because he is very poor, of cause). Such person is very sensitive and can feel being offended by actions that seen normal by health people.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I see a lot of professors and professional staff at my local university (where I work, long ago graduated) that have bumper stickers.

        They have a pedestal at which to express themselves, and yet they still have political bumper stickers...

        And they are better paid than I am, for the most part.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just don't understand why someone would put a bumper sticker on a car. Did you think the designers missed something?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I crashed my last car (crx) and I'm already collecting stickers for the next one... some people just like to communicate their opinions and humor to random strangers. too bad you can't buy truck nuts in germany...
      • 7 Years Ago
      On the back of my truck I have stickers but not on the paint or chrome, (the window). I have the usual where my kid goes to college sticker, local baseball team sticker, NRA sticker, American Motorcyclist Life Member sticker, State sticker with state motto "Live Free or Die", State Flag sticker, One bumper sticker saying " I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy". My license plate reflects my old Air Force Unit. It's a veteran plate "509MMS". I think these personalize my truck. It says I thought enough of my kid to send him to college (sociology major). I support the second amendment and my right to ride on two wheels. I believe living free is worth dying for. Local baseball is alot cheaper than the Red Sox, Celtics, or Patriots (all winners to a point). I feel you have a better chance in an open field with dick cheney and a loaded rifle than in a closed up old oldsmobile on a bridge over open water with Ted and a bottle of Chivas. It also helps not to be female. The 509th MMS was the munitions squadron for the FB-111A Bomber. The 509th was the only unit to drop nuclear devices on the enemy in time of war. That's Japan in WWII for you guys that are asking "when did that happen".
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't get it man, only performance parts stickers get you more horsepower. These don't do $hit !!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I disagree with this results of this study. I have a car with no bumper stickers yet I am an agressive driver (minus the gesturing and vulgarities).

      The results should be "Bumper Stickers = No taste in style"
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have two political bumper stickers on my car and my mother even says I drive like an old lady.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So will you let us know what else you have with plates?

      • 7 Years Ago
      previous comment @John Cressy
        • 7 Years Ago
        In 1970 I had a 1970 Duster 340 and the plate said DUSPAN. That would be the Masshole translation for Dust Pan. My 1972 Plymouth Road Runner Had PLYMTH for a plate. I also used to collect Brewerania and my 1976 Road Runner had CANMAN for a plate. I saw that plate recently on a plumbers truck. Same plate two different meanings. Vanity plates are popular in New England. Most states allow 6-7 digits, so you have to be creative with what you want to say. By the way do you know anybody interested in 600 cases of trading stock (empty beer cans) or 38 years worth of cycle and car magazines? Just kidding! I'm getting a u-haul. Hope the hearse has a trailer hitch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's interesting to see the majority of those cars are foreign......ummm i'm confused!
      They drive a foreign car, but yet, openly complain about politicians in America.....????? Or anything at that.
      I'm Canadian, and the only bumper sticker i think is worth displaying, is..."Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign!"

      "puff,puff, pass :)"
        • 7 Years Ago
        A corolla has more American parts than a Mustang.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #8 is probably the most aggressive/ worst driver
      (I''l get $hit for this ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice that most of the license plates were either Washington or California? Being a longtime Seattle (and west coast) resident, this kind of crap is par for the course here. Since i consider myself a moderate republican (libertarian), you can imagine that i live in enviro-nazi hippie liberal hell. And my room in hell is wallpapered with Obama bumper stickers...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not to sound like a pretentious jerk, but the day I lend any credence to anything coming out of Colorado State is the day I die and have unionized auto workers dance on my grave. This is a classic example of an answer to a question noone asked. I'm glad Colorado taxpayers are funding such valuable intellectual endeavors.
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