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Men are more polite at the wheel than women. One has to come to this conclusion, if one reads the study of the economists Redzo Mujcic and Paul Frijters of the University of Queensland in the Australian Brisbane. They investigated the social behavior of drivers at intersections in Brisbane and wanted to find out when motorists entitled to drive on others give in to others. Surprisingly, especially male and older road users were willing to give up their right of way when others wanted to turn off a side street. Women, on the other hand, insisted on their right of way much more often - especially when a woman was also at the wheel of the "opposing" car.

Social status and the envy factor also played a role. So luxury cars were less frequently admitted. Exception: Both drivers owned a vehicle of the same upscale category. In return, the owners of expensive cars often refused to let in cheap models. "People seem to be inclined, " Mujcic summarizes the findings, "to take account of members of their own social group."

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