A personal vehicle becomes a prized possession of the owner. Whether it is a newly bought car or an old one, the vehicle plays the role of a family member and we share our good and bad moments with the car or bike.
Cars or bikes are emotions. The possessors won’t mind spending a lavish amount of cash on them. The money is spent on servicing, modifying, performance boosting, valeting, repairing, customized number plate, coloring and much more.
Getting a personalized number plate for car or bike is one of the popular forms of investments. The private registration plates are very expensive and unique. Vintage number plates are bought in auctions with a very high price. Even, one can buy a good combo of alphabets and numbers from DVLA and number plate dealers. Nowadays, the prices of the personalized registration plates have come down and can be purchased by any person. They can be attached to any type of cars and bikes. Currently, cherished number plates are no more seen on costly cars like Limos, Ferraris, etc. But, certain customized number plates can be seen on Nissans, Fords, etc.
As per the psychological studies, the personalized registration number plates, furry dice, rear window stickers indicate aggressive drivers who are inclined to the road rage. The level of attachment to the cars is predictable by the number of accessories attached to the vehicles. But the UK based car clubs have disagreed with this study conducted by the Colorado State University. They claimed that mothers who put the sign of ‘Baby on Board’ do it simply to make the other drivers aware of practicing caution and avoid accidents.
According to a study, the motorists customize the vehicles to mark their territory and warn of the readiness to safeguard against the invasions into their road space. The psychologists have found out that the same rule applies to the small family drivers and owners of expensive cars that spark the high-status quo. It has been observed that the more ‘territorial markings’ are on display, the number of drivers obsessively guard their space. Those who showing many stickers were approximate 16% more likely to surrender to the road-induced anger.
The private number plates either loved or abominated by the drivers. They are priced at a minimum of 245 with an ID plate sold for a whopping 352, 411. It is recorded that a total of 1.47 billion is being gathered for the Treasury at the rate of approximately 250,000 each day.
If we take the polls into consideration the private number plates are usually the traits that the motorists dislike about other drivers. More than the three quarters opined that the people who purchased them were self-obsessed imbeciles. The bumper stickers have gained popularity. Among them, the most popular ate the ‘My Other Car is a Porsche’ and ‘Baby on Board’.
The US 1950s viewed the practice of hanging furry dice for the first time. The American pilots used to hang lucky dice in the cockpits during World War 11. Their craze decreased but are coming back with a bang. The research done by Colorado State University got a mixed response from the UK’s motoring groups.
As per Edmund King, the president of the Automobile Association, the drivers with the stickers usually relate more closely to their respective vehicles, hence probably take any distinguished contraventions more personally. It triggers road rage.
A driver anger expert named Dr. Mark Sullman of Hertfordshire University depicted that the drivers who are more territorial in their characteristics are more susceptible to designate it by personalizing the vehicles. Moreover, they usually like to respond in a hostile manner when they experience annoyance on the public road.
But, as per the Royal Automobile Club Foundation, not every motorist who decorate their cars or put a customized number plate should be taken as road ragers. A senior human factor researcher is known as Dr. Nick Reed of TRL (Transport Research Laboratory), most of the drivers feel territorial about not only their cars but also the space around them.
As per Neil Greig of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, if a person is driving close enough to go through the bumper sticker, that person is already be taken as being aggressive by the driver who is at the front. According to the advice of the motor insurer Swiftcover, the drivers should turn away from the personalized cars to remain on the safe side.
Hence, the psychology behind the private number plate or customized décor of the vehicles have been nailed.