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Driving Pet Peeves Infographic

October 10, 2012

Majority of Ontario drivers speed over the limit and they are most annoyed by drivers who text/talk and tailgate, according to National survey.
InsuranceHotline.com surveyed Canadians on their top driving ‘pet peeve’ as well as their own bad habits behind the wheel.

Driving Pet Peeves Infographic

Other interesting observations include:

  • On average, according to self-reported data, Ontarians speed more than Canadians (64% versus 56%), and they are the least offended by other speeders;
  • Texting while driving is the #1 pet peeve in Ontario with almost 50% of respondents indicating that this is among their greatest annoyances while driving. Interestingly, 16% of Ontarians admitted to texting while driving;
  • Educated and higher income drivers are more annoyed with slow drivers over drivers who use their phones;
  • Young drivers (age 18-34) and males were more likely to have more bad driving habits – they’re almost twice as likely to talk on their phone or text while driving and are least offended by other drivers doing these activities;
  • Women and young drivers are doing more self-grooming while driving;
  • 25% of women claim they have not done any of these bad driving behaviours in the past three months, as opposed to 14% of men who claim to be innocent of all dozen bad habits in the survey.
  • Dwight T

    I thought it somewhat odd that people said they admit to entering an intersection while the light is yellow only because it isn’t illegal to enter on a yellow light. But unless you EXIT on the yellow, you’re running a RED LIGHT. Yellow means STOP – IF SAFE.

  • allzibal

    I wonder if those that complain about tailgating are actually the drivers who insist in staying in the passing lane when all other lanes are empty ?

  • Schwartzie

    allzibal: not this driver…in fact, if the police targeted tailgaters instead of speeders, people would be far less tempted to speed, and they may learn that driving at safe speeds is far less tiring and far more enjoyable. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

  • Schwartzie

    How about a response to my last comment from any traffic officers, driving instructors, legislators, insurers and related professions? How can the driving public lobby for safer traffic laws and stricter enforcement? How about some productive dialogue on some of these issues? More than once I’ve heard the excuse from people responsible for enforcement that understaffing is a constant problem, however an officer in the police district in which I live laid three or four times as many charges his fellow officers and got into difficulty over the accuracy of his testimony in court. It would appear that he was over zealous alright but if he can lay that many more charges before getting into difficulty, it does give you some cause to wonder. I’m not trying to tar everyone with the same brush. Good law enforcement requires people of great character and we all benefit from their work and we do well to support them in it and help them do their jobs well. I am just saying that I would welcome a “healthy” discussion with people who may be in a position to impliment constructive changes. Don’t we all want that?

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