Drivers Admit to Engaging In Distractions While Driving
In new research from AAA, eight-seven percent of drivers have admitted to engaging in at least one risky behaviour while driving within the last month. Two in three drivers have admitted to talking on a cellphone and just over forty percent of respondent drivers admitted to reading a text or email message while driving. One-third of the drivers in the study also admitted to texting while driving.
Why do drivers continue to engage in distracted driving behaviour? Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that
“There is a culture of indifference for far too many drivers when it comes to road safety. The vast majority of motorists believe they are more careful than others on the road though most of them are not making safe decisions while behind the wheel.”
Drivers Engage in Distractions While Driving Because They Can
Mr. Kissinger has hit the nail on the head when it comes to drivers engaging in distracted behaviour while driving. Most drivers think that they are good drivers, better than other motorists on the road. It is that type of arrogance that continues to manifest itself in distracted actions while behind the wheel. Drivers continue to think that they can multitask while behind the wheel and have no consequences as a result.
The AAA report found that one in three drivers knew someone who was involved or killed in a crash. More alarmingly, one in five has been involved in a collision which was severe enough for someone to go to the hospital. The study also highlighted the following unsafe behaviours exhibited by drivers. They include:
1. Distracted Driving. More than 70 percent of drivers reported talking on a cell phone within the past 30 days of the study period. Nearly thirty-one percent of these drivers reported doing this fairly often. More that 41 percent of the survey respondents admitted to reading a text message or email while driving in the last thirty days.
2. Speeding. Previous research by the NHTSA estimated that speed played a significant role in over 10,000 crashes per year. The AAA study found that nearly 50 percent of drivers admit to going over the speed limit as least 24km or 15mph. Fifteen percent of those respondents admitted to doing this regularly.
3. Running a red light. The AAA research found that thirty-nine percent of the respondents admitted to having run a light that just turned red when they could have stopped safely. Approximately twenty-five percent of the interviewees admitted to doing this more than once in the last thirty days before the survey. In 2013, the NHTSA estimated that 697 people died and 127,000 were injured in crashes involved in running a red light.
The latest AAA study reinforces what many driving instructors at Young Drivers of Canada see on a daily basis. Driver’s attitudes have deteriorated when it comes to respecting fellow motorists. The approach continues to be one of arrogance instead of cooperation. To read more about driver’s attitudes visit, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/is-there-any-reason-not-to-wave-when-somebody-lets-me-in/article28847302/