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Survey “Traffic Safety Climate”
For the third time (2008, 2010, 2016) the German Insurers Accident Research conducted the representative survey “Traffic Safety Climate”. Its goal is to examine road safety attitudes and behavior.
In addition each time there is a special topic. In 2016 the special topic is aggressive behavior in traffic. The majority (62 percent) of the respondents feel (very) safe on German roads. Compared to 2010 (53 percent) this number has increased. Otherwise the traffic climate is rather associated with negative statements (stressful) than with positive (harmonic). All respondents state that they have already seen aggressive behavior in traffic. For example, 98 percent of participants noticed other cars go back into a lane in front of another car with too little distance. Admitting aggressive behavior themselves is less common. 23 percent of car drivers shove sometimes, if the car in front of them drives slowly. If they are angry, 47 percent said they would drive faster than usual. But the majority also states that aggressive behavior is a frequent cause of accident. In addition, reading or writing a text while driving, driving too fast or driving under the influence of alcohol is commonly regarded as cause of accident. The perception of texting while driving as risky increased compared to 2010. Accordingly, texting while driving is reported less often. The majority of the respondents states that they would never write or read a text message while driving, use the internet or using a hand-held phone. On the other hand, using a hands-free telephone while driving is reported more often compared to 2010. It is also perceived as less risky. For further information or results please visit www.verkehrsklima.de.