2022 Distracted Driving for Consumers [Infographic]
Distracted driving is deadly. Despite the data from Transport Canada showing that more than one in five fatal collisions in Canada are caused by distracted driving*, the problem persists. Part of the problem may lie in the statistics that show Canadians believe they are safe on the roads, although they admit to certain distracted driving behaviours.
The 2022 Travelers Canada Distracted Risk Survey reveals that 77 per cent of Canadians believe that distracted driving is very risky and they take every step possible to avoid being distracted. However, half of respondents admit to talking or using a phone while driving. Notably, one in six drivers admit they have had a crash, collision or near miss because they were distracted.
2022 Travelers Canada Distracted Driving Risk Survey
IT’S TIME TO DO BETTER
Many drivers in Canada continue to drive distracted despite knowing the risk.
WE THINK THE ROADS ARE SAFE
71% of people surveyed think roadway safety is unchanged from before the pandemic
YET, WE HAD NEAR MISSES
1 in 6 drivers admit they’ve nearly crashed while driving distracted
WE CONTINUE TO MULTITASK
Even though distracted driving is risky, many respondents admit to using technology behind the wheel, including:
66% talk on or use a cellphone through hands-free technology
54% look at map directions on a cellphone
20% read a text message or email
8% update or check social media
5% shop online
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Speak Up, No Matter Who’s Driving
86% of consumers who use a phone while driving say they would be less likely to do so if a passenger spoke up
Only 58% say they have spoken up to a friend or family member when they were driving distracted
That number falls to 11% when a co-worker is driving distracted and just 8% while ride-sharing
Learn more about the Travelers Canada Distracted Driving Risk Survey and techniques you can use to help put the brakes on distracted driving
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The 2022 Travelers Canada Distracted Driving Risk Survey indicates that more needs to be done to reduce distracted driving and stay focused while driving. We can all do our part by speaking up when we’re in the car with a distracted driver, by putting away our phones while driving and by staying focused behind the wheel.