Survey: Most Canadians admit to driving recklessly

Most Canadians have engaged in risky driving behavior this past year, a recent study by financial services comparison website Finder.com has revealed. According to the survey, which looked at the dangerous habits of Canadian drivers, about two-thirds, or 63%, of respondents admitted to driving recklessly at one point or another.

Almost half of those surveyed admitted to eating behind the wheel, while 33% said they were guilty of speeding. Just over a fifth said they sometimes forget to signal before turning or changing lanes, while 21% admitted to driving while sleepy.

Scott Birke, publisher at Finder.com, expressed concern about the number of drivers putting not only their lives at risk, but also the lives of others, by engaging in reckless driving behavior.

“It only takes a split second to make a serious life changing mistake, yet a huge number of Canadians are snacking and speeding behind the wheel,” he said. “Whether you’re replying to a text message, or reaching into the backseat, taking your eyes off the road for a second can be the difference between life and death.”

Albertans topped the list when it comes to the speediest drivers, followed by British Columbians. Drivers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan were tied for third. The survey also found that male drivers (76%) were more likely than female counterparts (71%) to engage in risky driving habits, with men significantly more likely to speed.

Broken down by age, millennials were most prone to driving dangerously compared to any other age group, with 81% of respondents admitting to having reckless habits. They were also more likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, run a red light, or reach back to deal with a child compared to other age groups.

Birke said drivers risk having their insurance claims rejected if they are found to be driving recklessly and could face premium increases for at-fault accidents.

“Comprehensive car insurance won’t cover you for damage incurred as a result of reckless behavior while driving,” he said. “This means that if you’re texting and driving and run into another car, you’ll need to foot the bill for any damages yourself.”

Source: Mark Rosanes for Insurance Business Canada

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