AAA report: Drivers need to do more than just call out bad driving

Unfortunately, a survey released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety earlier this week shows that even the most sincere among us when it comes to safe driving may be adopting a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach.

The results of AAA’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which gauges both attitudes and activities of U.S. motorists, shows that an astounding one in three people surveyed regularly engaged in dangerous driving activities despite having had a loved one suffer personal injuries or lose their life in a car crash.

Furthermore, the survey shows that actions and beliefs about safety behind the wheel don’t necessarily coincide:

  • 55 percent of motorists said running a red light was a very serious threat while 73 percent said it was unacceptable; However, 36 percent of motorists admitted that they had run a red light in the preceding 30 days.
  • 65 percent of motorists said speeding at least ten miles-per-hour over the speed limit was unacceptable; However, 44 percent of motorists admitted that they had sped in the preceding 30 days.
  • 45 percent of motorists said drowsy driving was a very serious threat while 81 percent said it was unacceptable; However, 29 percent of motorists admitted to driving drowsy in the preceding 30 days.
  • • 79 percent of motorists said distracted driving (texting, emailing, etc.) was a very serious threat while 84 percent said it was unacceptable; However, 27 percent of motorists admitted that they had driven distracted in the preceding 30 days.

These numbers represent a real wakeup call for many motorists to stop being hypocritical and start paying attention to safety.

In the meantime, those who suffer serious personal injuries or lose a loved one in a car accident caused by negligent motorists should consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about their rights and their options.

Source: The Herald, “Crashes touch one in three but drivers continue to take risks,” Feb. 10, 2015