November 5, 2002

Majority of Canadians feel cell phones should be banned while driving

Toronto, Ontario – A recent survey conducted by Goodyear found that a majority of Canadians believe operating a cell phone while driving is dangerous and should be banned.

According to the Goodyear Safety Survey:

  • 93% of Canadians feel that operating a mobile phone while driving a
    vehicle impairs a person’s ability to concentrate on driving safely.
    97% of those 50 years of age or older, and 98% of those from Quebec
    feel this way.

  • 78% of Canadians feel the law should prohibit driving a vehicle while
    operating a mobile phone, with those in Quebec (85%) and Atlantic
    Canada (84%) lead the charge.

  • Despite these criticisms, a third (33%) of Canadians who drive admit to
    talking on a mobile phone while behind the wheel.

The survey also examined opinions on road rage and SUVs:

  • More than a third (36%) of Canadian drivers report being on the
    receiving end of road rage at least once. Drivers in Ontario (40%) and
    BC (41%) report these incidents most often.

  • 28% of male drivers, and 15% of female drivers admit to blowing a
    gasket themselves, for a national average of 21%. One quarter (25%) of
    all drivers living in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have lost
    their cool behind the wheel.

  • Patience comes with age. While 39% of 18-29 year-old drivers admit to
    road rage, only 13% of those 50 and older say they’ve boiled over.

On SUVs:

  • 15% of Canadian vehicle owners drive an SUV.

  • 39% of Canadians feel there should be a different driving test and
    license for those who drive large sport utility vehicles instead of the
    current test for all types of passenger automobiles. 46% of those 50
    and over feel this way.

  • While 34% of Canadians feel SUVs are safer than cars when driving on
    highways in winter conditions, 40% of Canadians also say SUVs represent
    a greater hazard on the road than cars.

“These survey results reveal that Canadians have a number of strong
opinions about the driving habits of others,” said Wayne Barnes, President &
CEO, Goodyear Canada. “At Goodyear, our number one opinion is that safety on
the road starts with each and every person who gets behind the wheel – from
driving defensively to ensuring that one’s vehicle and tires are road-safe at
all times.”

The telephone survey was conducted by Thompson Lightstone & Company in
July 2002 with a representative sample of 1,000 Canadians. The margin of error
is plus/minus 3.1% and is accurate 19 times out of 20.

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