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Canadians think drivers are worse now than five years ago: survey

Last Updated Oct 31, 2018 at 10:56 pm PST

Summary

A new poll finds nearly half of Canadians surveyed think drivers are worse now than they were five years ago

Equal proportions of Millennials and Baby Boomers tend to blame each other for bad driving, a new poll finds

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Younger Canadians say it’s older drivers who are bad, and older drivers point the finger at the young; and yes, sometimes it’s that finger.

A new poll out from Research Co. finds about half of Canadians think drivers in their community are actually worse now than they were five years ago.

In contrast, only four say drivers are better.

They aren’t afraid to blame specific groups for bad behaviour on the road, either.

“Equal proportions of Baby Boomers and Millennials say there are some drivers who are worse than others in their municipality,” Research Co. president Mario Canseco explains. “Those who volunteered a follow-up response were more likely to blame each other, with Canadians aged 18-to-34 pointing the finger at old drivers, and those aged 55 and over saying young drivers are responsible.”

Not signalling before a turn, parking poorly, and failing to stop at an intersection are the most common complaints, with about 70 per cent of those surveyed saying they witnessed some of this type of behaviour in the past month.

The survey found about four-in-10 respondents said they have had a ‘close call’ in their vehicles within the last month.