D he Vinci Autoroutes Foundation belongs to the French motorway operator of the same name, so one can assume a certain self-interest in the subject of road safety. Nevertheless, the result of the annual study, which is now available in the 2019 edition, is quite exciting.
On behalf of the foundation, the market research institute Ipsos asked more than 12,000 people across Europe about their own driving behavior and their impressions of the Driving behavior of other road users. Some of the results are surprising, but they also show a trend towards minimizing risk. And also show what some may have already suspected: that Europeans differ very clearly in their behavior on the street.
Polite British, honking Spaniards
That's the risk of Being dragged out of the car by a bullying driver is highest in Poland - 36 percent of the drivers surveyed in Poland admit this (Germany: 17 percent). The most persistent scolders (71 percent) sit behind the wheel in Greece, while Spaniards express their frustration in traffic with penetrating horns (66 percent).
On the other hand, drivers rate their own driving style mostly positive. The German drivers perceive themselves as the most attentive in comparison, while the British, cliché, classify themselves as by far the most polite drivers on the continent. The cliché of a speeder, which German drivers particularly like to stick to, is getting new main characters this year: In France, Sweden and Poland, 92 percent of those surveyed admitted to occasionally disregarding the speed limit.
Also interesting: 61 percent of the French don't like blinkers, 76 percent of Germans driveOn three-lane motorways consciously in the middle lane, even if the right is free and a frightening 12 percent of Polish drivers admit to reading the newspaper or another document while they are behind the wheel.
Whether or not it is due to the honesty of the Greeks surveyed (and the corresponding dishonesty in other countries), the Hellenes take rather inglorious top positions in road traffic: 48 percent get behind the wheel even when they are overtired, an adventurous 24 percent if they are too much Have drunk alcohol (Germany: 5 percent), 13 percent of Greeks drive a car completely drunk and four percent under the influence of drugs.
When asked about the effects of their own driving behavior, the Greeks are also in the lead : 17 percent of the motorists surveyed in Greece had an accident experience because of using a mobile phone at the wheel, 13 percent under the influence of alcohol uss.