People have been stereotyping any category that comes to mind for many centuries now. It has become a habit. This includes, of course, the kinds of cars people drive. In the growing automotive industry, people are spending more and more time in their vehicles causing them to make more and more assumptions about other vehicles they come in contact with either on the local hometown roads or out on the highways. There are some stereotypes, though, that have been founded in anachronistic times and are still around today despite changes made or innovations to either a model or type of customer. Cars contain their own stereotypes, as well as the types of people who drive them are also stereotyped. These need to be brought out to attention to allow drivers to progress to a more enlightened state.
The car that has received and deceived many different stereotypes over the last decade is the hybrid – really any hybrid. They were first introduced as a high mileage money saver but that came at the price of a weird looking, slow moving automobile. That may have been the case in 2001, but now many different car companies are offering hybrid models that are sleek and fast. This causes the old fashioned stereotyper to drop their jaw at the knowledge that a new hybrid car contains such amount of horsepower behind it.
American cars have also received stereotypes as being unreliable. There was a time when major companies like Chevrolet and Ford were both competing to be the least unreliable car in the American market. With advancements in the engines and bodies, these cars have been updated so that they can compete with what are considered the more reliable German cars. German cars are now being composed of parts constructed in several different countries, they just have a German name.
What is worse than stereotyping cars is stereotyping the kinds of people that drive those cars. It is more prevalent in the driving community as people tend to focus more on the driver of a contending vehicle on the highway than the car itself.
People can make lengthy observations of the kind of driver just by looking at the make and model of a car. Drivers of luxury cars like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes are all made out to have the same demeanor of a highly paid, highly entitled elitist who thinks he or she owns the road. This in part, can be correct, but many different kinds of people have taken to liking these kinds of cars, and now the owners are so varied from many different backgrounds that the stereotype cannot be more wrong.
The size of a vehicle can also be used to stereotype the driver inside. If a truck has been lifted, or the general size is larger than normal, some spectators may think that the drive is compensating for something by having a large vehicle. Drivers of large trucks may also appear to some as dirt loving hicks with dirt bikes and four wheelers. This could be false as the owners of these trucks may be small town fathers working in a construction site.
Owners and spectators have taken to generalizing many different kinds of people they come across on the road. These are often based on older incorrect stereotypes that now have been altered and developed to be completely untrue and unfair to the driver of the vehicle in question.