Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

July 18, 2011 06:00 ET

Bad Driving Habits on the Rise, Canadians Tell CAA

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 18, 2011) - Three out of four Canadians say drivers are exhibiting more annoying habits than they did five years ago, according to results of a national poll released today by the Canadian Automobile Association.

Only two per cent of Canadians feel drivers are less irritating than they were five years ago, while about one in five (21%) say drivers exhibit the same number of bad driving habits compared to five years ago.

Road rage, drivers that cut other people off, and drivers that send text messages while driving are the top 3 annoying habits identified in the survey.

"It's clear that Canadians think driving habits are getting progressively worse," said Jeff Walker, CAA vice president, public affairs. "The good news is these are all correctible behaviors. If we concentrate more on good driving habits, and on being courteous to fellow motorists, we will all benefit."

Here is a list of the driving habits Canadians found most annoying, according to the poll:

  • road rage (86%)

  • cut people off (86%)

  • text while driving (85%)

  • follow too closely (78%)

  • talk on the phone (78%)

  • throw trash out the window (73%)

  • do not use turn signals (73%)

  • too aggressive (72%)

  • block intersections (67%)

  • speed excessively (62%)

  • constantly change lanes (59%)

  • park too close to others (54%)

The poll of 5,044 Canadians is considered accurate to within 1.38 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

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