Common Driver Stereotypes vs. Reality in Australia

Katherine McCallum
Jul 8, 2024
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A car parked badly between two other vehicles

Sometimes stereotypes are true, right? Well, Australia's roads are a melting pot of diverse driving styles and vehicle preferences. With each type of car often accompanied by its own set of stereotypes. 

While some of these stereotypes may hold a grain of truth, others are far from reality. So what do you think are the most common driver stereotypes in Australia? Let’s compare them with some actual driving behaviours that we see on the roads.

Stereotype 1: Kia Drivers are Clumsy

Stereotype: According to’s ‘Car Truths’ survey, Kia drivers are seen as the clumsiest on the roads. You might see Kia drivers hitting curbs while reverse parking or driving off with items left on the roof. I wonder what is distracting them? 

Reality: While this stereotype might be amusing, it is not necessarily true. Clumsiness can be attributed to a lack of experience or attention which can affect any driver. Therefore, such behaviours are not exclusive to Kia drivers. 

Stereotype 2: Holden Drivers Have a Potty Mouth

Stereotype: 3WA published an article stating that Holden drivers are believed to have a potty mouth. They also suggested that many share the stereotype that Holden owners are nose-pickers.

Reality: Again, this stereotype is more humorous than factual. While some drivers may exhibit these behaviours, they are not confined to Holden drivers. Such habits are personal and can be found among drivers of any vehicle.

Stereotype 3: Toyota Drivers are Courteous

Stereotype: Toyota drivers are believed to be the most likely to leave a note if they accidentally sideswipe another vehicle. Basically, they have a reputation of being sensible and practical

Reality: This stereotype paints Toyota drivers in a positive light, suggesting they are more courteous and responsible. It may have something to do with a Toyota being perceived as a sensible, durable vehicle option. 

However, while many Toyota drivers may indeed be considerate, courtesy on the road is a trait that can be found in drivers of all car brands. With all cases, it largely depends on individual personality rather than the make of the car. 

Stereotype 4: Young Male Drivers are Reckless

Stereotype: Young male drivers, especially those with P-plates, are often seen as reckless drivers. Teenagers and males in their early 20s are known for speeding excessively and engaging in dangerous driving behaviours. But is this true? 

Reality: Unfortunately, this stereotype has some truth to it. Reports show that young male drivers are frequently caught driving at dangerous speeds, sometimes under the influence of alcohol and drugs. This demographic is statistically more likely to engage in risky driving behaviours, which can be attributed to a combination of inexperience and a tendency to take risks. Women are even known to receive cheaper insurance premiums for these reasons as they are involved in less car accidents than their male counterparts. 

Stereotype 5: SUV Drivers are Soccer Moms

Stereotype: SUV drivers are often stereotyped as being suburban parents, mostly mothers. SUVs are seen as the go to vehicle for school runs and soccer matches.

Reality: While many SUV drivers do use their vehicles for family-related activities, SUVs are also popular among lots of other drivers. For example, SUVs are great for those who appreciate their higher clearance, spacious interiors, and versatility. The stereotype of the "soccer mom" does not encompass the full range of SUV drivers, which includes adventurers, professionals, and those who simply prefer a larger vehicle.

Stereotype 6: Ute Drivers are Tough and No-Nonsense

Stereotype: Ute drivers are seen as no-nonsense individuals who are not afraid of hard work and challenges. 

Reality: This stereotype is somewhat accurate, as many Ute drivers are indeed tradespeople and workers who rely on their vehicles for their robustness and utility. However, Utes are also popular among those who enjoy outdoor activities and need a vehicle that can handle rough terrains and heavy loads.

Stereotype 7: Electric Vehicle (EV) Drivers are Eco-Warriors

Stereotype: EV drivers, especially those with personalised plates, are often viewed as eco-warriors who want public recognition for their environmental efforts.

Reality: While some EV drivers are indeed passionate about reducing their carbon footprint, the growing popularity of EVs is also driven by their cost efficiency and technological advancements. The stereotype of the eco-warrior does not capture the full spectrum of EV owners, which includes tech enthusiasts, cost-conscious drivers, and those simply looking for a modern driving experience.

So is there any truth to driver stereotypes? 

Stereotypes about drivers based on the vehicles they drive can be entertaining, but they often fail to capture the diversity of real driving behaviours. While some stereotypes may have a kernel of truth, they are not universally applicable and should be taken with a grain of salt. 

Ultimately, driving habits are influenced by a myriad of factors, including individual personality, experience, and situational context, rather than just the make or model of a car. And as the popular saying goes, stereotypes are supposed to be broken, right?

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