Canadians Say Distracted Driving a Problem, But Not Their Problem

AURORA, ON — Four-wheelers you see on roadways believe driving distracted is a problem but the funny thing is many believe someone else is responsible for it.

A new survey of 1,300 Canadian motorists, released Thursday by State Farm insurance, found 93% of  respondents feel that other motorists drive while they are distracted.

However, far fewer, 56%, believe that they themselves drive while distracted, a striking difference from how drivers view their own abilities behind the wheel compared to those with whom they share the road.

The same survey also found 30% of respondents indicated the most dangerous thing a person can do on the road is to drive distracted, yet about one third acknowledged that they check their cell phone or handheld device once or more while driving and 35% admit to driving while distracted.

“We know that distracted driving is a serious problem in Canada,” said John Bordignon, media relations, State Farm. “A 2011 Alberta Transportation study reveals that distracted drivers are three times more likely to be in a crash than attentive drivers. And, distracted driving is more than talking on the cell phone, texting or eating; it includes allowing your attention to wonder to things away from the road. These distractions can have devastating results and are completely avoidable.”

Overall, survey respondents say they are most guilty of being distracted by things outside of their car like houses and people while those over the age of 65 admit to being the biggest offenders.

Among respondents with children under the age of 20, only 40% said they try to teach their teens not to use their cell phone while driving, yet seven out of 10 parents list distracted driving and speeding as their teen’s most common driving errors.


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