A motorist sits surrounded Monday afternoon after attempting to navigate the Highway 99 offramp southbound towards Crescent Road. (Darren Phillips photo)

Canadians believe a lot of the worst drivers commute in B.C.: poll

Failing to stop at intersection, not using a signal while turning and hogging parking spots are just a few bad habits witnessed regularly, according to Research Co.

Half of Canadians say drivers’ bad habits have worsened in the last five years ago – and some of the biggest culprits are believed to commute right here in B.C.

A Research Co. online survey released Wednesday suggests that 64 per cent of respondents feel drivers are getting worse in B.C., compared to 59 per cent in Atlantic Canada, 53 per cent in Alberta and 51 per cent in Ontario.

But what constitutes bad driving? Seventy per cent of respondents said they saw a driver not signal before making a turn in the last month, 61 per cent witnessed a car take up two or more parking spots and 48 per cent saw a driver not stop at an intersection.

Roughly 42 per cent said they had a “close call” while in their vehicle.

Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., said in a news release that there was one common theme: respondents felt it was never their fault.

“Those who volunteered a follow-up response were more likely to blame each other, with Canadians aged 18 to 34 pointing the finger at old drivers, and those aged 55 and over saying young drivers are responsible,” he said.

The insight into driving etiquette comes a day before ICBC increases its penalties for high-risk drivers by 20 per cent.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Are there windier days ahead?

Tales from the Bear

Man caught in fatal avalanche ID’ed as Alberta man in his 20s

Outdoor guides warn against high winds in the mountains Family Day weekend

Road conditions for Feb. 14

More compact snow and slippery sections

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Cougars take bended knee for injured Osoyoos player

Vernon coach commends Barriere Cougars for showing respect to injured player

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Bomb threats, gunfire, kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

B.C. hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

B.C. firefighters rescue bear cub stuck up a tree

Family Day was eventful for cub, firefighters

Most Read