Kanetix survey reveals bad habits of Canadian drivers

Published: August 20, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Ontario based insurance company Kanetix has released the results of a new survey that reveals the driving habits of Canadian drivers.

The company, which was Canada’s first online insurance provider says the survey was conducted between July 13 and 16, 2015 using Leger's online panel, some 1426 drivers participated.

The survey revealed that 75 per cent of Canadian drivers admitted to one kind of bad habit or another, with speeding being the most common confession. Indeed, over 58 per cent admitted to breaking speed limits, although that figure is two per cent lower than the 2012 survey, which was the first that Kanetix conducted.

Bad habits that could be deemed non-dangerous include using profanity or vulgar gestures, two things that plenty of Canadians admit to doing. Frustrated drivers using bad language and other profanities accounted for 31 per cent, making it the second most common bad habit. Shouting and using offensive hand signals to other drivers also took a big slice, with some 19 per cent admitting to engaging in such behaviour.

As well as speeding, there were several other widely used bad habits that could be classed as overly aggressive and even dangerous in driving conditions.

Tailing too closely behind another vehicle was the most common bad habit in this category, with 22 per cent. Elsewhere it was found that 13 per cent cut other road users off, 8 per cent weave in traffic, 7 per cent honk horns excessively, and 7 per cent admit to chasing other vehicles.

The Kanetix survey also broke down which people are most likely to engage in these bad habits and where those people come from.

The results found that drivers conform to cliché as men are more likely to use bad habits, or at least to admit to them.

In terms of provinces, people from Quebec are the naughtiest road users, although residents of Quebec are also the most likely to not admit to bad habits. 68 per cent from the province were open about their digressions, while 79 per cent was the figure nationwide (25 per cent of Quebec residents consider themselves perfect drivers).

Elsewhere, eight out of 10 Ontarians confess bad driving habits, the same figure as Albertans, with speeding being the number one problem in both provinces.

Kanetix first conducted this survey three years ago and there have been scant improvements in driving habits since, although Canadians have improved marginally. The company had the following to say about the results.

"While our study shows that most of us are guilty of bad driving behaviours, what's particularly interesting is the consequences of this aggression," said Janine White, Vice President, Marketplaces at Kanetix.ca "Receiving a ticket, getting into a collision, or worse – all which inevitably lead to car insurance hikes, is risky and costly, and just not worth it in the end."