Survey finds driving pet peeves vary dramatically by generation
TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - With the summer vacation season almost
here, traffic will increase and so will driving annoyances and unsafe
practices. According to a recent RBC Insurance survey, nearly all
licensed Canadians (95 per cent) have strong pet peeves while driving.
Drivers who use their cell phone while driving (55 per cent) top the
list, followed closely by tailgating (45 per cent) and not indicating
lane changes or turns (39 per cent).
"Nearly all Canadians admit to having certain pet peeves within their
day-to-day life, with drivers feeling no different," explains Natalie
Dupuis, senior product manager, Auto, RBC Insurance. "It's not
surprising that cell phone use tops our list of driving pet peeves.
Whether you're texting, talking on the phone, or tweeting, these
behaviours are not only annoying, but are unsafe and break driving
Pet peeves change through the generations
Older licensed Canadians (68 per cent) are more likely to identify cell
phone use as their top driving pet peeve; whereas younger drivers site
tailgating/following too closely as their number one driving annoyance.
In fact, only 42 per cent of younger drivers list cell phone use as one
of their pet peeves.
Does age matter when it comes to road rage?
When witnessing a pet peeve being committed on the road, 25 per cent of
Canadian drivers are likely to take some kind of action. One-in-10 say
that they will angrily yell at the offender, while others say they will
commit common pet peeves themselves such as tailgating, driving more
quickly to get in front of the offender, slowing down or braking
purposely or cutting them off.
Older Canadian drivers are significantly more likely than their younger
and middle-aged counterparts to just accept the annoyance and not let
it bother them. Younger Canadians, however, are most likely to take
some kind of action against pet peeve offenders. In fact, 16 per cent
of younger drivers say that they will angrily yell at the culprit if
they see a pet peeve being committed.
"It's troublesome to see that one-in-four Canadians exhibit some form of
aggressive driving behaviour. It's important for drivers to not only
realize the impact of their actions and avoid these types of responses,
but to practice safe driving behaviours while on the road," explains
Based on these findings, RBC Insurance encourages drivers to follow
these safe driving tips:
Drive defensively - Drive at a safe speed and leave plenty of distance between yourself
and the vehicle ahead. Obey all signs and signals, including speed
limits, traffic lights, stop signs and railway crossings
Don't text, talk and drive - Put your cell phone away and out of reach. Reduce the temptation by
keeping it out of sight, like in the trunk or in a bag, and turn the
Share the road - Motorists need to be cautious of cyclists, motorcyclists and
pedestrians. Always be on the lookout for and yield to vulnerable road
users. Summer also brings increased construction on our roads and
highways so be prepared to stop or slow down in construction zones.
Avoid road rage - When encountering an aggressive driver, calm yourself down, take deep
breaths and don't let the road enrage you. Do not get angry, gesture or
yell back, or reciprocate the high risk driving behaviour.
Stay alert - Canadians often travel long distances when they go on roadtrips and
this creates a temptation to keep driving for extended periods of time.
Ensure you get a good night's sleep before leaving on a long trip and
if you start to get tired, take a break.
Prepare your vehicle - Before leaving on vacation, have your vehicle checked to ensure
everything is working properly. Repair or replace worn parts and check
fluid levels and tire pressure.
About the RBC Insurance Poll
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf
of RBC Insurance from March 28 to April 3, 2014. For the survey, a
sample of 1,010 Canadians licensed to operate a motor vehicle in their
respective province was interviewed online via Ipsos's I-Say online
panel. The precision of Ipsos online surveys is measured using a
Bayesian Credibility Interval. In this case, the survey is considered
accurate to within ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all
Canadians licensed to drive been surveyed. These data were weighted to
ensure that the sample's age/sex composition reflects that of the
actual Canadian population according to the latest Census information.
About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance®, through its operating entities, provides a wide range of
travel, life, health, home, auto, wealth and reinsurance products and
solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services to
individual, business and group clients. RBC Insurance has more than
four million clients globally. We are one of the largest Canadian
bank-owned group of insurance companies, and among the fastest growing
insurance organizations in the country. RBC Insurance employs more than
3,000 employees, and is the brand name for the insurance operating
entities of Royal Bank of Canada.
SOURCE: RBC Insurance
For further information:
Kiara Famularo, RBC Corporate Communications, 905-606-1481
Greg Skinner, RBC Corporate Communications, c: 416-294 5579