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American Motorists Still Engaged in Distracted Driving

Survey shows U.S. drivers not as courteous as they could be.

by on May.19, 2016

U.S. motorists are still exhibiting the same distracted driving behaviors they've been warned about for years.

Despite years of warnings about the dangers of distracted driving, a new study reveals a mixed bag of results about American motorists and those behaviors: U.S. drivers dislike those behaviors, but are still seeing them in big numbers.

They’re also admitting to continuing to do the things they criticize. For example, 22% of people survey for the annual Expedia Road Rage Report said that texters are the most annoying and dangerous drivers on the road. However, 37% of those same folks admit to multi-tasking while behind the wheel.

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The survey covered various aspects of driving and how people felt about them. As mentioned, the “Texter” is the most annoying, but “The Tailgater” followed at 14%, and “The Last-Minute Line-Cutter” was a close third, garnering 13% of the votes. (more…)

Will We Drive Less because of the BP Oil Spill?

Latest survey claims one in five Americans will.

by on May.06, 2010

What people say and what they actually do are sometimes two different things.

A national survey released today claims that more than one in five Americans plan to drive less because of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, one in eight Americans plan to stop buying British Petroleum (BP) gas altogether.

Among the survey’s other findings:

  • The combined impact of the oil spill and the recent mine disaster in West Virginia has caused more than two in every five Americans, or 41.7%, to think about the “human and environmental costs” associated with their own energy consumption.
  • About three in 10 Americans, 28%, said the spill has made them dislike BP, but their “opinion might improve if they can do more to clean up the mess and make amends.”
  • One in five, 20.5%, said they now doubt BP’s “Beyond Petroleum” slogan and believe it is not really a green company. However, 37.5% said it had not affected their opinion of the company in any way. And 17.4% said it makes them “respect the company for taking responsibility for the accident and clean-up.”
  • More than a third of Americans, or 35.5%, said the spill “was a terrible accident, but our country’s need for domestic oil makes the possibility of such accidents an acceptable risk.”
  • And 21% said, “It was a terrible accident waiting to happen, and offshore drilling in the Gulf should be halted.”

The survey polled 1,312 consumers across the country on Monday and Tuesday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

“For years our research has shown America is a see-it-to-believe-it nation. Before we make changes, we need to see things with our own eyes or have a personal connection to something. If Americans start seeing a lot of oil-covered pelicans or dying dolphins, these numbers will likely go even higher,” said Suzanne Shelton, president of Shelton Group, which conducted the study.

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