An accident caused by distracted driving, in addition to the physical consequences that may result, can affect the driver’s wallet. Indeed, this usually results in auto insurance premium increases.
Unfortunately, a majority of drivers admit to being distracted while driving. Such are the findings of a survey conducted by SOM for the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). In fact, three quarters (75%) of the consulted drivers admit that they have been distracted while driving in the last 6 months.
In this context, the fact that the vast majority (90%) of surveyed drivers know that such an accident can increase their auto insurance premium seems a pretty small consolation.
The main driving distractions, repeatedly occurring over the last 6 months, are attributable to eating or drinking (55%), making or receiving calls (39%) or texting (11%).
In the light of these results, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is putting forward a campaign on the subject.