Distraction is known to be the no. 1 cause of accidents, and almost 70 percent say that the responsibility for arriving safely largely lies with them. At the same time, almost 60 percent of the people surveyed openly admit that they engage in highly risky behaviours when they are late or have to make an appointment.
41 percent of respondents know friends or family who died in a traffic accident or suffer from the consequences of an accident.
Almost 90 percent believe themselves to be safety-conscious – and overestimate their abilities
A striking 87 percent of respondents consider their driving style to be “mostly safety-conscious”. Almost half believe themselves to be better drivers “than most other people”.
People massively misjudge the correct safety distance
At a speed of 130 kilometres an hour, one in ten respondents keep a distance of up to two vehicle lengths. Six out of ten believe that there is room for three to six vehicles. Only eleven percent keep a distance of nine or more vehicle lengths. CORRECT: Keep a distance of at least 70 metres, that’s around 14 vehicle lengths. This is equal to the two second minimum distance when conditions are good, so that you have enough time to react and brake.
Six out of ten ignore the speed limit when they are in a rush to get somewhere or the roads are empty.
Almost 60 percent drive faster when they are late for something or have an urgent appointment!
Taking breaks is enormously important for traffic safety, but is considered a nuisance
Half of us don’t take breaks on long car journeys, in order to get to our destination more quickly. Breaks are kept as short as possible and are taken only as a last resort or if the passenger wants to take a break. CORRECT: You must take a break every two hours to be able to concentrate and be fit to drive!
Clear majority of Austrians for safety campaigns
According to the latest survey, information campaigns to raise awareness are considered effective when it comes to road safety. Three out of four respondents say that information about road safety provides important and positive food for thought.