A new study conducted by Erie Insurance has revealed the top concerns that motorists are likely to have regarding other drivers while taking a road trip this summer.
Back in February, Erie Insurance asked 500 Americans what their top concerns would be regarding other drivers if they were to take a road trip this summer. Roughly 50 percent of survey participants said they were worried that other motorists would be talking on the phone or texting while they were driving, making this the most widely held concern regarding other drivers’ behaviours. Being the victim of road rage was second at 18 percent, following by speeding at 14 percent, tailgating at 12 percent and failing to yield properly at 3 percent.
It makes sense that the majority of drivers are concerned about distracted driving. A significant percentage of drivers surveyed admitted that they will sometimes use their cell phones while driving, including to access GPS (36 percent), to take or make calls (36 percent and 28 percent respectively), or to check or reply to text messages (26 percent and 17 percent, respectively).
More than half of survey respondents (51 percent) plan to take at least one road trip vacation this year, while 14 percent plan to drive over 1,000 miles on their trip. Those on the west coast of the country are more likely to drive over 1,000 miles, while only 5 percent of people from the northeast and 7 percent of people from the midwest plan to travel this far. That said, some drivers admit to putting off necessary maintenance on their vehicle despite planning to take a trip. The most commonly delayed vehicle maintenance is oil/filter changes, with 65 percent of people saying they’ve delayed this maintenance work at some point.
“Our survey uncovered some concerning behaviors and showed that we need to remain vigilant and keep reminding people that driving is something that requires their full attention,” concluded Jon Bloom, vice president of personal automotive insurance at Erie. “We want everyone to enjoy their road trips and make it home safely.”