by Mazen Aboulhosn – May 29 2017
As a General Sales Manager here at Mercedes-Benz Downtown Calgary I often enjoy the privilege of driving some of the best vehicles ever made. From time to time I have to drive other products that are not luxury vehicles, such as trade-ins.
The more luxurious or exotic of a vehicle I drive the more driver courtesy I experience. I never have to hunt for a gap in the lane when I am rolling down the street in a shiny Mercedes-AMG SL63, people usually just slow down and let me right in. When I am road testing something like a mid-level Asian SUV, I feel as though I am invisible to other drivers or simply not important when they look right at me as I plead with my eyes and my turn signal on while they simply pass me by.
I really can’t blame other drivers for being so dismissive of me when driving an economy class SUV, I am guilty of being that guy myself. When I see a luxury or an exotic car it grabs my attention and ultimately my respect. I want to let it in my lane so I have something better to look at than what is already there. When I see a vehicle like this SUV I’m road testing, I not only dismiss it from my view but I feel that if someone purchases a vehicle that underpowered they have no trouble waiting to get into my lane as speed was not a criteria when they made their buying decision.
I don’t mean to come off as a car snob, my opinions are formed by my daily experiences. The moral of the story is, “the more attractive anything is the more visible it is to everyone”. This means that people see you when you want into their lane and most importantly when you are in their way. I guess you could say that luxury cars are not only safer in accidents but less likely to get collided with!