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Poll: Bad behavior pisses off Americans

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 8, 2022

April 8, 2022 – Drivers engage in poor driving behavior despite fears that others are driving dangerously, according to new research from Nationwide Insurance. Drivers in the study say the road is considerably more dangerous today than before the pandemic, with half saying driving is more stressful.

According to the Nationwide report, compared to 2020, 81% think drivers are more aggressive, 79% think drivers drive faster and 76% think drivers are more reckless.

In addition, more than a third of drivers surveyed (34%) think it is safe to hold your phone while driving, whether to make a call, send a text or use the navigation.

“Half of drivers surveyed by Nationwide said in the past six months they had held a cell phone to talk, text or use an app while driving,” said Beth Riczko, president of Nationwide’s P&C Personal Lines. . “Far too many drivers are multitasking behind the wheel, putting everyone at risk by creating hazards for themselves, their passengers, pedestrians and others on the road.”

Despite reports of growing danger, everyone thinks other drivers are to blame and not contributing to the problem. About 85% rate their driving as excellent or very good, but only 29% give the same rating to other drivers on the road around them. The study also sheds light on people who think they are good drivers, even though they admit to engaging in potentially reckless driving. Although two-thirds of drivers (66%) say it is dangerous to hold a mobile phone to talk, text or use an app while driving, for example, half (51%) said they have done so over the past six months.

The study also notes that drivers surveyed admitted to doing any of the following in the past 12 months: driving more than 10 mph over the speed limit (54%); eating while driving (53%); audibly yelled at another driver (23%); shelter having made an obscene gesture (21%); or executed a stop/light sign (17 percent).