Monday, September 24, 2012

Findings from the Neglected Driver Survey

This post brought to you by InsuranceHunter. All opinions are 100% mine.

As parents, we often put the needs of our kids first, yet the findings of the Insurance Hunter’s safety survey still surprised me.  The study was conducted online between June 19-23.  There were 1003 randomly selected Ontario parents with kids under 12 who were also members of Angus Reid Forum panel.   

The neglected driver is the parent who makes plans to make sure the kids have breaks and snacks, but ignores their own needs.  This can mean that the driver is driving tired.  In fact, 64% of men admitted to driving when tired. Thirty percent of men and 14% of women have nodded off while driving.  Often, parents don't want to stop driving because they don't want to disturb their children, even when they are too tired to drive safely.  That's scray!  Keeping our kids happy by driving when we need a break is not the answer.  It is just as important, if not more important, to make plans to insure that the driver is taken care of while road tripping.  We have good intentions, but we need to put them into practice in order to keep everyone safe.  

So, here's what I'm taking away from these survey results.  When planning a roadtrip, I'll do a little more planning to be sure that the driver is not neglected.  My husband prefers to drive on long trips, but I prefer to break it up and take turns driving so that we both get to rest for a bit.  I'll aslo talk with my husband so that we  are both aware of the possiblity of becoming a neglected driver.  If the driver is tired, we will take a break, no matter how well the kids are doing.  The kids always welcome a chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs, even if they are not cranky.  

If you'd like more information about the results of this survey be sure to visit Insurance Hunter's Web site.  Insurance Hunter is an online auto insurance comparison site that lets you compare rates and benefits of different insurers so that you can get the best available rate.


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