Desjardins’ Annual Road Safety Survey revealed new research that half of Canadian drivers are tired and stressed, with some concerning cumulative effects for themselves and their communities.    

November is often considered the most dangerous month for pedestrians when it comes to road safety. Not only is visibility reduced with the sun setting earlier, but the sudden shift into winter driving conditions can catch drivers unprepared. 

Tired and stressed Canadians on the road 

·        Nearly 2/3 of drivers admit COVID-19 has affected their mental health, citing social isolation and insecurities related to the pandemic as top causes. 

·        1 in 3 Canadians admit to having driven while fatigued over the past year.  

·        40% of drivers admit to ‘zoning out’ while driving. 

·        13% of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel. 

·        An alarming 1 in 20 have been in a collision because they were absent-minded on the road. 

Distracted driving the ‘red herring’ of road safety  

·        For the first time, Canadians believe distracted driving is a bigger risk to road safety than drunk driving 

·        Top 3 distractions for drivers are: external environment (54%), changing console settings (40%), cellphone-related distractions (38%).

The good news: Drivers are more receptive to take advice from family and friends. This doubled from 2020, with nearly 1 in 4 saying they would listen to family and friends to stop them from driving while distracted.  

The full press release explaining this year’s survey findings is here.

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