NW Poll

Vehicle Safety Technology

Wednesday, October 16, 2019by  PEMCO Insurance

According to the 2019 PEMCO Insurance NW Poll, two-thirds (69%) of drivers say they rely on newer safety features while driving. However, even more – 78% – say that they’re very confident they could drive just as well without them. How about you? How reliant are you on new features in cars for safety?

To increase the safety of drivers and passengers, vehicle manufacturers have been installing safety belts and airbags for a long time. There are several newer safety features that many vehicle manufacturers are now providing as options. Does the vehicle you drive most often have any of these new safety features?

May 2016
WAOR
3943Have any new features
5653Do not have any
54Don’t know

Thinking about these newer safety features that you have in the vehicle you drive most often, in general, how much do you rely on them when you’re driving?

TotalOR
563249Have safety features
3432A great deal
3535Somewhat
2021A little bit
78Not much
23Not at all
21Don’t know

Thinking about these newer safety features that you have in the vehicle you drive most often, in general, how much do you rely on them when you’re driving?

Oregon
MaleFemale
2837A great deal
3633Somewhat
2121A little bit
114Not much
33Not at all
12Don’t know

Some of these newer safety features are intended to make certain driving maneuvers easier, like backing up or parallel parking. How confident are you that you could still drive just as well even if you didn’t have any of these safety features?

May 2016
WAOR
3434Extremely confident
4145Very confident
2016Somewhat confident
34Not very confident
11Not at all confident
10Don’t know

How helpful do you think it would be to drive a vehicle with one or more of these safety features?

TotalOR
1107540Have a vehicle
3130Extremely helpful
3333Very helpful
2930Somewhat helpful
33Not too helpful
22Not at all helpful
22Don’t know

How much would you prefer to drive a vehicle that had one or more of these safety features?

TotalOR
1107540Have a vehicle
4242Greatly prefer it
4040Somewhat prefer it
98Somewhat prefer not to
44Greatly prefer not to
56Don’t know

Whether or not you have or use these features, which one do you think is most helpful as an aid in driving?

TotalOR
1107540Drivers
3232Backup camera
2930Blind-spot protection
97Forward-collision warning/td>
55Lane departure warning
45Parallel parking assist
1816None—they’re all equally helpful
35Don’t know

Whether or not you have or use these safety features, which one do you think is most helpful as an aid in driving?

Oregon
MaleFemale
3430Backup camera(s)
3328Blind-spot protection
86Forward-collision warning
65Lane departure warning
47Parallel parking assist
1120None—they’re all equally helpful
44Don’t know

Which do you think is least helpful?

TotalOR
1107540Drivers
3840Parallel parking assist
1818Lane departure warning
1011Forward-collision warning
97Backup camera
54Blind-spot protection
32None are helpful
1718Don’t know

To what extent do you believe that drivers need to be more skilled or less skilled today compared to 10 years ago?

TotalOR
1107540Drivers
3029Drivers need to be much more skilled today
2829Drivers need to be somewhat more skilled today
3031Today’s drivers need to be just as skilled
66Today’s drivers need to be somewhat less skilled
23Today’s drivers need to be much less skilled
42Don’t know

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.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance is the Defender of Your Northwest, providing auto, home, renters and boat coverage. We are consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee expertise and social impact. Our Mutual Good programs raise the achievement levels for youth in education; build stronger, greener environments; and increase safety at home, on the road and at play. Our mission: Free our communities to worry less and live more.

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