The pandemic overall has increased road anxiety, with two in three Americans claiming they feel more anxious in cars now compared to before the pandemic.
A survey of 2,000 adults looked at how people are being more careful on the road and reveals that over half of drivers “always” or “often” feel anxious about other drivers’ behavior (53%). Three in five agree that the pandemic has made people drive more unsafely (61%) which may be why a similar percentage say it’s more important to drive safely now than ever before (62%).
Similarly, 60 percent even keep their eye on the speedometer when someone else is driving. Most of those in relationships even admit they get nervous when their partner is driving (63%).
Half of the respondents shared that when they’re passengers, they often find themselves wishing the driver would slow down (52%). Another seven in 10 make sure to check that everyone has their seatbelt on before the car is in motion.
Conducted by OnePoll in partnership with Cobra, maker of automotive and consumer electronics, the survey found the average American has had three close calls in the past two years alone. However, that’s not stopping the 53 percent of respondents who plan on taking more road trips this summer compared to 2019.