RBC: 72% of Canadians Admit to Distracted Driving, 90% Notice Other Distracted Drivers


According to a recent RBC Insurance survey, 72 percent of Canadians have admitted to distracted driving and 90 percent have noticed other distracted drivers.

Even though many Canadian drivers are willing to admit to some form of distracted driving, they are much quicker to point the finger at other drivers. Here is a list of the greatest differences between self-reported and publicly observed distracted drivers:

– Talking or texting on the phone (just 17 per cent of drivers say they’ve done this while 80 per cent of drivers say they’ve seen it)
– Doing hair, makeup, or changing clothes (five per cent versus 58 per cent)
– Reading a book/newspaper (three per cent versus 36 per cent)
– Taking ‘selfies’ (three per cent versus 28 per cent)

RBC Insurance’s senior product manager Natalie Dupuis said:

“It’s always easier to put the blame on someone else, and distracted driving is no different. What we are seeing is that more drivers take notice of others’ distracted driving behaviours than what they admit to doing themselves. Canadians need to be much more aware that driving takes your full attention.”

Distracted driving is one of the leading cause of accidents among our Canadian roadways. Drivers need to  put their cellphones away, leave their hair and makeup products at home and focus on the task at hand, which is to drive safely.

[via Newswire]


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  • Tim

    I don’t think their conclusion that people note others’ behaviour more than their own makes any sense. Why would you expect the percentage of people who admit to distracted driving to be similar to the number of people who witness distracted driving? When you drive you encounter a large number of other cars so even if a small portion of people do something, if you pass enough cars you’ll see it. It wouldn’t even make sense if they were similar. If 50% of people text and drive there is no way only 50% notice a distracted driver, since if so many people are doing it almost 100% would witness texting and driving.

    Anyways I don’t think any of their findings seem unusual and I think their conclusions are fairly unfounded. I definitely don’t see any evidence here that people are not disclosing the behaviours.