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Kanetix.ca survey reveals eight out of 10 Canadian drivers confess to a bad driving habit

by Ian Palmer

Eight out of 10 Canadian motorists openly admit to having at least one bad driving habit, according to a new poll released by online quote comparison website Kanetix.ca.

While talking or texting behind the wheel is the most recent habit to be banned Canada-wide, it is not the most common driving sin among motorists, with 18 per cent of respondents admitting to it.

The number one habit Canadians openly confess to doing is consuming food or beverages while driving — a staggering 39 per cent of motorists across Canada acknowledge having this habit.

“Our poll clearly indicates many motorists have no qualms with eating or drinking behind the wheel,” said Janine White, Kanetix.ca’s director, marketplace, in a statement. “However, when drivers take their eyes off the road, even for a second, there can be serious consequences.”

The key findings from Kanetix.ca’ s survey, which was conducted by Leger Marketing, are as follows:

Consuming food or beverages while driving…………….. 39%
Speeding……………………………………………………………. 36%
Talking/Texting on my cell while driving…………………… 18%
Following too closely……………………………………………. 16%
Road rage………………………………………………………….. 11%
Failing to signal…………………………………………………… 10%
Weaving in and out of traffic………………………………….. 7%
Applying makeup while driving……………………………….. 3%
Parking illegally……………………………………………………. 3%
Parking in handicap spaces…………………………………… 2%
Driving in the carpool lane…………………………………….. 1%
Other…………………………………………………………………. 3%
None of the above – I am a perfect driver………………… 19%

Kanetix.ca reminds drivers of the importance of road safety especially as the winter months approach. To prevent accidents and tickets, motorists should kick their bad driving habits to the curb and remember to watch their speed and focus on the road ahead.

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