Survey of Americans who Drive Dangerously

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Be it a morning commute, or grocery run, driving is a routine part of daily life. It’s also the most dangerous thing we do. While most people are cautious, law-abiding citizens behind the wheel, many others are not so cautious. 

We analyzed four types of dangerous driving habits and surveyed 2,000 Americans willing to admit they were part of the problem. Behaviors included rushing, distraction, aggression and intoxication.

Some astounding research finds

  • By far, Millennials are the greatest menaces to mobile society as 1 in 4 have tried and failed to change their dangerous driving behavior, and on top of that, they are five times more likely to cite the ability to multitask safely than any other generation surveyed.
  • Boomers, however, are more likely to underestimate their abilities while driving under the influence, but also one of the most likely to know and understand they may have bad habits and can successfully change them.
  • A shocking 56 percent of drivers did not think distracted driving was dangerous, and yet 25 percent of fatal accidents are caused by a distracted driver, and 16 percent of distracted driver crashes injure those involved.
  • And, as suspected, 77 percent of adult drivers believe they can easily manage texting while driving. The sad fact is nearly two-thirds of crashes involve cell phones (64%). Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than drinking and driving.
  • In many cases, drivers may be upset while also texting. There could be a number of driving habits and behaviors combined to increase the chance of a crash.
  • In the case of rushing, almost half didn’t want to miss something, such as work, a meeting, an event, etc. and 1 in 3 admitted there was no justifiable reason to be speeding or not obeying traffic lights.

In the event of an accident, many of the involved parties want to find and understand the truth, especially if there are severe injuries, or a fatality, as a result. Envista’s experts can assist with accident reconstruction and injury claims.

Checkout the full infographic below, including regional and gender differences.


Methodology: We surveyed 2,000 Americans who have behaved dangerously in one of four ways, in the last three months (except for intoxicated driving, which could have occurred any time in the last 12 months). Respondents ranged in age from 18 to 75 and represented all 50 U.S. states. Survey was conducted over two weeks in March 2018.

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