NW Poll

Passengers: Do they drive you crazy?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018by  PEMCO Insurance

According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, nearly all drivers find some habits of passengers annoying. But surprisingly, offering directions, changing the radio station, and adjusting the temperature aren’t necessarily deal breakers.

How about you? What habits annoy you about passengers?

In your opinion, do you think there are any unacceptable ways of behaving as a passenger?

TotalOR
9494Yes, there are unacceptable ways of behaving
33No, there are no unacceptable ways of behaving
33Don’t know

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver does these things? (Percentages represent those who said they would be extremely or very bothered.)

TotalOR
8387Is texting or talking on the phone
7171Is driving too fast or too erratic
5557Isn’t using the turn signals when turning or changing lanes
3941Honks or uses hand gestures
3031Sets the volume for music or radio too low or too high
2724Sets the temperature too hot or too cold
2528Is driving too slow or too cautiously
87Is taking a different route than you would if you were the driver

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is texting or talking on the phone?

TotalOR
646273Extremely bothered
192017Very bothered
1086Somewhat bothered
461Not too bothered
332Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is texting or talking on the phone?

TotalOR
< 5555+
646480Extremely bothered
192112Very bothered
1083Somewhat bothered
443Not too bothered
331Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is driving too fast or too erratic?

TotalOR
443453Extremely bothered
272925Very bothered
192116Somewhat bothered
6104Not too bothered
362Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is not using the turn signals when turning or changing lanes?

TotalOR
282431Extremely bothered
272731Very bothered
272627Somewhat bothered
11147Not too bothered
6173Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is honking or using hand gestures?

Total
19Extremely bothered
20Very bothered
28Somewhat bothered
21Not too bothered
11Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is honking or using hand gestures?

TotalOregon
< 3535+
1914241323Extremely bothered
2021211524Very bothered
2829263425Somewhat bothered
2123192220Not too bothered
11119158Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver sets the volume for music or radio too low or too high.

TotalOR
< 5555+
111016Extremely bothered
191926Very bothered
343332Somewhat bothered
252618Not too bothered
10128Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver sets the temperature too hot or too cold.

TotalOR
978Extremely bothered
181516Very bothered
434051Somewhat bothered
243020Not too bothered
664Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is driving too slow or too cautiously?

TotalOR
910Extremely bothered
1618Very bothered
3433Somewhat bothered
2625Not too bothered
1414Not at all bothered

When you’re a passenger in a vehicle someone else is driving, how bothered are you when the driver is taking a different route than you would if you were the driver?

TotalOR
33Extremely bothered
54Very bothered
2123Somewhat bothered
4040Not too bothered
3029Not at all bothered

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.​​

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