B.C. and Alberta drivers have the worst habits: poll
Andy Johnson, CTV News
Published Friday, July 20, 2012 11:03AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 20, 2012 5:09PM EDT
Drivers in B.C. and Alberta are unsurpassed when it comes to running red lights, talking on cell phones and changing lanes without signalling, according to a new poll.
The new survey from Angus Reid shows that driving habits across Canada could use some brushing up, but especially in B.C., with Alberta close behind.
"Albertans and British Columbians are ahead of the national average on most of the negative categories, particularly on cutting into another lane without notice and tailgating," the survey states.
According to the results, 95 per cent of B.C. residents had witnessed a driver using a hand-held cell phone in the past month, followed by 94 per cent of Albertans.
When it came to speeding, B.C. drivers led the way with 93 per cent of the province's residents saying they witnessed an infraction in the past month, compared to 91 per cent in Ontario, 90 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 87 per cent in Atlantic Canada and 86 per cent in Alberta.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan held the lead when it came to turning without signalling, with 88 per cent of respondents saying they had seen a driver in the past month commit the infraction.
B.C. and Ontario followed, tied at 85 per cent, with Alberta drivers trailing with 84 per cent.
In the categories of tailgating and dangerous lane-changes, B.C. also led, just ahead of Alberta.
However, Alberta drivers had a clear lead when it came to the dangerous habits of multitasking behind the wheel, running red lights and littering.
Atlantic Canadians, meanwhile, appear to be the least likely to litter, while Quebecers appear to be the most respectful of crosswalks, according to the survey.
Here are some key national points from the survey:
- 87 per cent of Canadians have witnessed a driver speeding <<is there a reason ‘of Canadians’ is only mentioned here?
- 82 per cent have witnessed a driver turning without signalling
- 77 per cent have witnessed a driver tailgating
- 67 per cent have observed a driver lane-changing without notice
- 65 per cent have witnessed other drivers multitasking
Dr. John Vavrik, a psychologist with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, said drivers often take dangerous risks -- especially when they're in a hurry or running late -- which result in little payoff.
"By weaving in and out of lanes and following too closely it gives them a subjective perception of making progress even though they're actually not making any more progress -- but they feel somehow better about it," Vavrik told CTV British Columbia.
Angus Reid surveyed 1,001 Canadian adults online in order to generate the results.