Canadians, long known for their hospitality and overuse of the word ‘sorry,’ have turned impatient and confrontational on our roadways, according to a recent survey commissioned by Kanetix.
In the survey, Canadians reported noticing plenty of poor driving around them—for example, only 12 percent of motorists reported seeing other drivers yielding to pedestrians or cyclists, and only nine percent reported other drivers expressing thanks (by waving or otherwise) after being given added space to facilitate a lane change.
Yet the vast majority – 77 to 78 percent – of the same drivers surveyed claimed they consistently yield to others and gesture to thank fellow motorists when appropriate.
About 15 percent of those surveyed reported other drivers tailgating when slower traffic refuses to yield, while only two percent admitted to doing the same.
Finally, 21 percent of drivers surveyed reported other drivers failing to signal, or signalling at the last minute, while only one percent admitted to doing the same.
The numbers don’t quite add up–is it possible respondents were not entirely honest about their own driving behaviors while completing the survey?
Considering this survey was commissioned by Kanetix – a company specializing in car insurance – it’s possible that drivers were about as honest on the survey as college kids would be with their parents at the end of frosh week.
Regardless of the accuracy of the survey, after driving extensively all over Canada, we can say rural drivers tend to be more friendly, patient and forgiving than urban drivers–so it’s likely the location of the drivers surveyed greatly impacted their responses.
A friendly honk, a thankful wave, and a few seconds sacrificed to let others in certainly goes a long way to keeping things safe and copacetic on our roadways.