Mark Rober placed rubber snakes, turtles, and spiders on the side of the road to see who would swerve out of their way to kill which species more often.
He found that 94% of drivers did what anyone in their sane mind would do: Keep driving in their lane.
On the other hand, six percent went out of the driving lane to run over the animals. Remember that the animals were on the road’s shoulder, way outside the driver’s path. The animals didn’t pose any danger whatsoever to the drivers’ safety.
Think about that: Sixty out of one thousand drivers actually went out of their way to kill a living thing that didn’t represent any danger to their lives—and risked their own lives in the process, no less. Six percent were just cruel because they could be.
More intriguingly, 89% of those people were willing to kill animals without reason were driving trucks or SUVs.