|Poor driving habits abound, but claims still down|
|News - Collision Repair|
|Monday, 23 July 2012 09:09|
By Lucy Mazzucco
Toronto, Ontario -- July 23, 2012 -- Have you seen someone chatting or texting while driving? You’re not alone. A new poll conducted by Angus Reid has found that an overwhelming number of Canadians have seen drivers using cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.
According to the survey, 90 per cent of respondents said they have seen people talking on a cell phone while they are driving.
Almost nine out of ten Canadians, or 89 per cent, are in favour of the federal law banning the use of cell phones while driving. Public approval of this regulation has gone up by six points since the last survey on the matter was conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion in November of 2010.
With numbers like this, and other sloppy driving habits uncovered by the survey, it’s surprising that automotive claims have decreased.
About 87 per cent of Canadians have seen people turn without signalling and speeding throughout the past month before the survey.
The key findings of the study show that many Canadians surveyed also responded that they have witnessed tailgating (77 per cent), cutting lanes (67 per cent), multitasking in their cars while on the road (65 per cent) and running through red lights (59 per cent).
Almost 50 per cent of the survey respondents have seen people in cars litter (46 per cent), turning in places where they should not be turning (45 per cent) and driving onto the crosswalk while people are crossing the street (33 per cent).
The survey seems to show that drivers from British Columbia and Alberta are particularly prone to falling into many negative habits, the most common being tailgating and cutting lanes.
More than 50 per cent of Canadians have responded to the survey saying they have honked their horn at another driver (53 per cent). Only 9 per cent have reported another driver to the police.
78 per cent of survey respondents said that there are only very few or no bad drivers in their community, while 20 per cent responded that all or most were not good drivers.
|Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 09:30|
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