TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2017 : While most Canadians think they are good drivers, their habits behind the wheel might indicate otherwise. A new belairdirect survey by Leger Research shows the majority of Canadians (95pc ) think they are good drivers, but surprisingly 93pc have admitted to engaging in at least one bad habit behind the wheel.
Many Canadians have engaged in risky or distracting behaviour while driving, including eating and drinking, using a cellphone, applying make-up and even being romantic or intimate. But, the good news is that they are willing to change - for the right incentive.

"belairdirect is committed to encouraging all Canadians to engage in good driving habits and understands that drivers may not realize that some behaviours are putting them at risk," said Richard Taschereau, Deputy Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Business Development, belairdirect. "We've all been in a rush or off to a special occasion, but with millions of people on the road, it's important that we take an active role in keeping the roads safe."

Canadians identified what they believe to be the top three riskiest behaviours of drivers on the road, including:
•Being under the influence (89%)
•Distracted driving (54%)
•Fatigue (42%)

The majority of drivers (79%) would be willing to give up at least one bad driving habit if they knew a monetary incentive was offered. Habits drivers are most willing to give up involve limiting their cellphone use, including:
•Sending a text
•Checking their phone
•Making a call/or talking on the phone

Some activities that drivers were less enthusiastic to give up included changing the radio station or volume, turning to talk to another passenger, or sipping a beverage while driving. The study also found that nearly one out of 10 (9%) drivers were not willing to give up anything even if a monetary incentive was involved.

Upholding our Canadian reputation as being nice and good natured, it's not surprising that 54% of us like to sing while driving and 96% of us would not steal another driver's parking spot, or speed up to stop someone from passing us (91%).

Other survey findings:
•93% of those aged 18-34 are the group most willing to improve their driving habits if they knew they would be rewarded.
•Drivers aged 18-44 are significantly more likely to admit to having used their cellphone, updated a map or GPS, removed an article of clothing such as a jacket or applied make-up while driving.
•Three in 10 drivers admit to have driven through a red light (31%) and disobeyed road signs (29%).
•The provinces most willing to change driving habits, if they knew they would be rewarded are British Columbia and Alberta, both 96% followed closely by Saskatchewan and Manitoba (92%). The rest of the provinces were also overwhelmingly willing (80% plus) to change their driving habits which is a testament to our openness to change.
•14% of drivers have engaged in romantic activities while driving.
•Lastly, 3% of drivers have flossed while driving.

belairdirect 'Good Driver' campaign
In conjunction with the release of the survey results, belairdirect is celebrating good drivers with its latest national advertising campaign (August 14 to October 22). The brand's trusted knight with a crowd of supporters including cheerleaders, call out good drivers on the road - letting them know they could be eligible to save up to 25% on their car insurance premiums. Campaign credits: belairdirect, Sid Lee, Mile Inn, Married to Giants, Red Lab and Wingman, Audio Z, PHD Montreal.

(Posted on 14 August 2017, 1686176300 172O70O39O167)