Safe Driving Report 2019
Next time you see someone driving erratically, take a closer look.
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Safe Driving Report 2019
- 11.9 million Australian drivers have taken their eyes off the road for reasons ranging from applying makeup to reading a book.
- And these dangerous driving habits aren't on the decline with 62% of Aussies indulging is risky driving in 2018, and 70% taking risks* behind the wheel in 2017.
What are the most common risky habits?
- The most common dangerous driving habit is eating a meal behind the wheel (44%)
- 25% are driving in thongs – It might be legal but it's certainly unsafe
- 1 in 5 have answered a call or text
- 1 in 50 of Australians have even watched a movie
Which of the following have you done in the act of driving?
|#||Activity||Percentage of Aussie drivers|
|2||Driven in thongs||25%|
|4||Reached back to deal with children||12%|
|5||Texted (without using voice control)||11%|
|6||Answered a call directly to my ear (not using handsfree)||10%|
|7||Driven with my knees||7%|
|8||Used social media||5%|
|11||Replied to an email||4%|
|13||Watched a movie/TV show||2%|
|14||Read a newspaper/book||2%|
How does your state stack up?
- Queenslanders are the worst offenders, with two thirds (66%) admitting to reckless driving habits.
- New South Wales drivers are by far the safest with almost one in two (46%) claiming they've never done anything risky behind the wheel.
- Western Australians are the most likely to chow down on a meal while driving with 49% admitting to eating behind the wheel, in comparison to only 39% of drivers in New South Wales.
- 1 in 20 have had a microsleep - but NSW drivers are still the worst offenders when it comes to falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Western Australians have a bad case of mobile phone addiction, with one in three (33%) checking their device while on the road.
Men vs. women
- Men are the worst offenders with 63% admitting to doing something dangerous behind the wheel, in comparison to 60% of women
- Surprisingly, women are more likely to drive in thongs than men
- Men are just as likely to reach for their phone as women with 1 in 4 admitting to doing so
- More women indulge in a meal behind the wheel
Metro drivers are safer than regional drivers, with 40% stating they've never done anything dangerous behind the wheel in comparison to only 34% of regional Aussies.
Almost 1 in 2 Baby Boomers not engaging in risky driving. Only 36% of Gen X and 34% of Gen Y have refrained from unsafe driving.
Surprisingly, the youngest Aussies drivers are safer than those older than them with 40% stating they've never done any hazardous driving.
Aussies without young kids are much more likely to be safe drivers than those with kids.
Can car insurance help us?
Everyone knows that other drivers can do scary things, but now it's clear why. If you're one of the few Australians that doesn't take risks behind the wheel you'll definitely want to have the car insurance to protect yourself from the rest.
And if you are, you might want to check your cover, as Taylor Blackburn, insurance expert at finder.com.au reminds, "If you're deemed to have been driving recklessly or engaging in risky behaviour behind the wheel and you are in an accident, you may not be able to claim the damage on your insurance. Comprehensive car insurance also won't cover damage that's been caused by illegal activities such as texting and driving."
No matter how you drive, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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