Bad Behavior Behind The Wheel Is Improving, But Not In All Areas

While we all probably think we are safe drivers, the truth is many of us practice some really unsafe behaviors behind the wheel. The good news is a new report suggests drivers are getting a little better in some areas, although there are still some things to worry about. 

A new report by AAA finds:

  • Unsafe driving behaviors like red-light running, drowsy driving, and driving impaired on cannabis or alcohol, have declined over the past three years.
  • For example...
  • In 2020, 17.3% of drivers admitted to driving while overly tired at least once in the past 30 days, a decrease of 35.9% over 2018.
  • Also, 5.9% of drivers admit they drove with an alcohol level they thought could be over the legal limit in 2020, a decrease of 45.9% from three years ago.
  • And only 4.4% drove within an hour of consuming cannabis, a decrease of 33.3%.
  • Other areas where there was a decrease in bad driving behavior include:
    • Driving at least 15 mph over the speed limit (7.8% decrease)
    • Driving while holding/talking on cell phone (28.6% decrease)
    • Driving while reading a text/email (17.9% decrease)
    • Running a red light (18.5% decrease)
    • Driving aggressively between lanes (14.1% decrease)

But even though some of these bad behaviors are on the decline, there are still people guilty of many of them, even though they know their family and friends wouldn’t approve. Not surprisingly, many of these behaviors involve cellphones.

  • They include:
    • Typing an email or text while driving (95.5% an increase of 1.7% from 2018.)
    • Driving and looking at emails and texts, (94%, an increase of 0.2%.)
    • Driving while holding and talking on a cellphone (92.6%, an increase of 16.8%)


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