Canada

Drivers eating, reading, shaving: Cdn. study

Three out of four drivers on the road are busy multi-tasking while driving, according to a new study.

The survey, which was conducted by the Canada Safety Council and TheSteelAlliance, found that Canadian drivers are eating, reading, using cell phones and even shaving while on the road.

Most drivers also said that if they saw another driver doing something other than just driving, they tended to get angry and drive aggressively.

More than half of drivers surveyed said they tended to rush through yellow lights.

Drivers in British Columbia reported the highest incidences of aggressive driving while Albertans rated the lowest.

The safety council recommends drivers:

  • consider taking a route avoiding busy roads
  • accept that you might arrive late
  • drive defensively, pay attention to other drivers who may be distracted

The findings will likely bolster groups demanding cell phone use be banned in cars. Several countries, including Germany and Australia, have already done so.

  • Don't take it personally. Be polite, if another driver challenges you, move out of the way

  • Keep your eyes on the road. Don't provoke an aggressive driver further by making negative eye contact or gesturing

  • Always be a courteous driver. Set an example for other drivers by always being courteous and driving defensively

    Source: Canada Safety Council