Report: There’s a Pretty Good Chance You’re A Bad Driver
With virtually everyone on the road this month for the holiday season, it’s important for you to recognize which types of drivers you’re likely to face throughout your travels. A new survey from the American Automobile Association (AAA) has revealed the six main types of drivers, and over half of them are unsafe. Super reassuring right?
The survey (seen here on AAA’s official website) was done as part of AAA’s yearly Travel Safety Culture Index (TSCI). The TSCI evaluates different driver profiles according to how safe or unsafe individual drivers report themselves to be. The six types of drivers according to AAA are as follows:
- Safe Drivers (41%)
- Speeding Drivers (23%)
- Distracted and Aggressive Drivers (17%)
- Distracted Drivers (15%)
- Most Dangerous Drivers (2%)
- Impaired Drivers (1%)
According to the survey, only 4 in 10 drivers surveyed evaluated their driving patterns as safe. Honestly, I even think that’s a little too generous.
The safe driving group demonstrated a good understanding of what’s safe and what’s not on the road, and rarely engaged in bad behavior. The survey also showed that women were more likely to be in this group than men.
The speedsters in the group admit to occasionally going 10-15mph over the speed limit, even in residential streets. But overall they obey other traffic laws to the letter. If we’re all honest with ourselves I think most of us would fit into this category.
The TSCI findings seem to back this up, as it reports that speeding has the lowest perceived social disapproval of all the examined unsafe driving behaviors.
The other four groups, however, become less justifiable. The 17% of drivers in the Distracted and Aggressive category admit to being on their phone while they drive AND driving aggressively. This includes speeding, running red lights, tailgating, and darting in and out of lanes.
Those in the Distracted Driver group, while not as aggressive in their driving habits, still show a startling lack of awareness on the road due to texting or eating while behind the wheel.
Then there’s the Most Dangerous Drivers. These people admit to a LOT of risky driving behavior on a consistent basis. And to make matters worse, these drivers also don’t seem to understand the danger their decisions can pose on others.
And finally, the arguably the most unforgivable group is Impaired Drivers. These are the people who admit to driving after drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana. Thankfully, this makes for the smallest group of the main six categories. But keep in mind that these are self-reported evaluations from drivers, so it may not be 100% reflective of people’s actual driving habits.
For a full report of AAA’s findings click here.