We're admitting to all kinds of BAD driving habits!

April 07, 2022, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

We wrote about the fact that 9/10 people admit to bad driving habits not long ago. Ontario drivers speed, drive distracted and impaired and fail to signal. We eat, talk on our phones, look at our smartwatches, smoke and sleep behind the wheel


We admit it. 


We also think we are good drivers. These two facts are not compatible.


Distracted driving, and speeding result in the majority of personal injuries and deaths in car accidents.


If you or a loved one are injured as a result of distracted driving please contact our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We are here to secure your future.


Global News Reports that Think you’re a good driver? Most Canadians admit to dangerous habits in new report - By Doyle Potenteau  Global News


A new safe-driving report says most Canadians have admitted to dangerous driving in the past year.

And by dangerous driving, we’re talking about motorists who’ve engaged in eating, speeding, driving while tired, and forgetting to signal.


Also considered risky habits behind the wheel: Smoking, texting, using a cellphone, applying makeup, letting the passenger take the wheel, impaired driving, and “microsleeping.”

The province with the worst amount of offenders? Saskatchewan, followed by Alberta and Manitoba, according to the report.


“When you’re on the road and in a rush, it can be tempting to engage in risky driving behaviour,” said the first sentence of the report compiled by Finder.com.


“It may be as seemingly harmless as eating your toast on the go or as blatant as running a red light, but either way, it’s dangerous.”


The report says an estimated 19.1 million adults, or 63 per cent of Canadians, admit to dangerous driving.

That 6-in-10 number, though, appears to be extrapolated from the self-reporting behaviours of 1,200 Canadians, including 1,027 who drive.

Of those who self-reported, Finder said eating while behind the wheel was the No. 1 bad habit, with 49 per cent of respondents admitting to doing so.

The next bad habits were:

  • Speeding: 33 per cent
  • Forgetting to signal: 21 per cent
  • Driving while sleepy: 21 per cent
  • Smoking: 15 per cent
  • Texting: 14 per cent
  • Using cellphone without Bluetooth: 11 per cent
  • Ran a red light: 9 per cent
  • Reaching back to deal with a child: 6 per cent
  • Driving with your knees: 4 per cent
  • Grooming or applying makeup: 4 per cent
  • Sent an email: 3 per cent
  • Drove under the influence of alcohol: 3 per cent
  • Drove wrong way down a one-way street: 3 per cent
  • Done a burnout: 3 per cent
  • Changed clothes: 2 per cent
  • Drove under the influence of drugs: 2 per cent
  • Drove on wrong side of the road: 2 per cent
  • Let a passenger control the wheel: 2 per cent
  • Dinged another vehicle and kept driving: 1 per cent
  • Done a sharp turn: 1 per cent
  • Microslept: 1 per cent
  • Read a book or magazine: 0.5 per cent



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