NW Poll

Winter Driving

Monday, January 13, 2020by  PEMCO Insurance

According to the 2020 PEMCO Insurance NW Poll, a majority (62%) of Northwest employees still feel pressured to drive into work on days when there is snow or ice on the road, compared to the 66% of residents who reported the same five years ago. How about you? How much pressure do you feel to come into work when there’s wintery weather?

When you compare your ability to drive skillfully, do you generally think that you are:

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
511524All
5349A more skillful driver
4146About the same as most other drivers
43A less skillful driver
22Don’t know

When you compare your ability to drive skillfully, do you generally think that you are:

Weighted TotalOregon
MFMF
530355225148All
60385335A more skillful driver
36544355About the same as most other drivers
3635A less skillful driver
1215Don’t know

When you compare your ability to drive skillfully, do you generally think that you are:

Northwest Region
Weighted Total
2014
1200All
50A more skillful driver
47About the same as most other drivers
2A less skillful driver
1Don’t know

In the winter, when there is snow or ice on the road, how comfortable do you feel driving in those conditions?

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
511524All
3124Very comfortable
3331Somewhat comfortable
2126Somewhat uncomfortable
1418Very uncomfortable
11Don’t know

In the winter, when there is snow or ice on the road, how comfortable do you feel driving in those conditions?

Weighted TotalOregon
MFMF
530355225148All
3813327Very comfortable
35303629Somewhat comfortable
19292433Somewhat uncomfortable
727829Very uncomfortable
1102Don’t know

In the winter, when there is snow or ice on the road, how comfortable do you feel driving in those conditions?

Northwest Region
Weighted Total
2014
1200All
26Very comfortable
36Somewhat comfortable
23Somewhat uncomfortable
14Very uncomfortable
1Don’t know

How would you compare your ability to drive in the snow or ice? When it’s snowing or there is snow or ice on the road, do you think that you are a:

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
511524All
4742More skillful driver than most others
3840About the same as other drivers
1316Less skillful driver than most others
22Don’t know

How would you compare your ability to drive in the snow or ice? When it’s snowing or there is snow or ice on the road, do you think that you are a:

Weighted TotalOregon
MFMF
530355225148All
54305125More skillful driver than most others
37403641About the same as other drivers
8271230Less skillful driver than most others
1314Don’t know

How would you compare your ability to drive in the snow or ice? When it’s snowing or there is snow or ice on the road, do you think that you are a:

Northwest Region
Weighted Total
2014
1200All
44More skillful driver than most others
40About the same as other drivers
14Less skillful driver than most others
2Don’t know

On days when it’s snowing or there is snow and ice on the road and you need to get to work or school, do you prefer to:

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
349325Commuters
7063Drive yourself
1418Take the bus
35Take light rail, a train or the streetcar
64Carpool
46Other
34Don’t know

On days when it’s snowing or there is snow and ice on the road, how likely are you to feel pressured by your employer to commute into work, even if you’d rather work from home?

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
175289Those who commute to work
1724I feel very pressured to commute into work
2118I feel somewhat pressured
2119I feel there’s a little bit of pressure
3034I don’t feel any pressure at all
115Don’t know

On days when it’s snowing or there is snow and ice on the road, how likely are you to feel pressured by your employer to commute into work, even if you’d rather work from home?

Northwest Region
Weighted Total
2014
687Those who commute to work
23I feel very pressured to commute into work
22I feel somewhat pressured
21I feel there’s a little bit of pressure
32I don’t feel any pressure at all
3Don’t know

When there is snow or ice on the road, different cities use different techniques for making it safer to drive. In your opinion, to make driving safer, is it best for cities to treat their highways and streets with:

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
511524Drivers
1816Salt
1415Sand
5356A combination of salt and sand
42Something else
53Nothing
68Don’t know

Overall, what is your opinion about using salt on the roads to make it safer to drive in the snow and ice?

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
511524Drivers
2523I strongly favor using salt
2528I somewhat favor it
2625I neither favor nor oppose it
1113I somewhat oppose it
76I strongly oppose it
65Don’t know

Whether you favor or oppose using salt on the roads to make driving safer, in your view, which of these statements do you think describe why salt should or shouldn’t be used?

Washington (Unwghted)Seattle Metro
511524Drivers
4343Salt is the fastest way to melt the snow and ice
3134Salt is more harmful to the roads and streets
1817Salt is more harmful to vehicles
1416When applied in advance, salt does a better job preventing snow and ice from sticking
1514The availability of salt is limited
1213Salt is the least expensive solution
713Salt is more friendly to the environment
1012Salt is easy enough to clean up after the weather event
710Salt is not friendly enough to the environment
68Salt is the most readily available material
75Salt does not melt the snow and ice fast enough
57Salt is the least harmful to vehicles
33Salt is a more expensive material compared with other effective solutions
43Salt isn’t effective in preventing snow and ice from sticking
44Salt is the least harmful to the roads and streets
11Salt is the easiest to clean up after the weather event

 

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, 578 respondents in Washington and 427 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.2 and 4.8% respectively at the 95% 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.

Supplemental interviews were conducted with people living in the Seattle metro area, including King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, and those in the Portland metro area, including Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties. The sample size, 578 respondents in the Seattle area and 509 in the Portland area, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.2% and +/- 4.4% respectively at the 95% confidence level.

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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