Passengers: Do they drive you crazy?


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?

Total OR
94 94 Yes, there are unacceptable ways of behaving
3 3 No, there are no unacceptable ways of behaving
3 3 Don’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.)

Total OR
83 87 Is texting or talking on the phone
71 71 Is driving too fast or too erratic
55 57 Isn’t using the turn signals when turning or changing lanes
39 41 Honks or uses hand gestures
30 31 Sets the volume for music or radio too low or too high
27 24 Sets the temperature too hot or too cold
25 28 Is driving too slow or too cautiously
8 7 Is 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?

Total OR
64 62 73 Extremely bothered
19 20 17 Very bothered
10 8 6 Somewhat bothered
4 6 1 Not too bothered
3 3 2 Not 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?

Total OR
< 55 55+
64 64 80 Extremely bothered
19 21 12 Very bothered
10 8 3 Somewhat bothered
4 4 3 Not too bothered
3 3 1 Not 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?

Total OR
44 34 53 Extremely bothered
27 29 25 Very bothered
19 21 16 Somewhat bothered
6 10 4 Not too bothered
3 6 2 Not 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?

Total OR
28 24 31 Extremely bothered
27 27 31 Very bothered
27 26 27 Somewhat bothered
11 14 7 Not too bothered
6 17 3 Not 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
19 Extremely bothered
20 Very bothered
28 Somewhat bothered
21 Not too bothered
11 Not 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 Oregon
< 35 35+
19 14 24 13 23 Extremely bothered
20 21 21 15 24 Very bothered
28 29 26 34 25 Somewhat bothered
21 23 19 22 20 Not too bothered
11 11 9 15 8 Not 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.

Total OR
< 55 55+
11 10 16 Extremely bothered
19 19 26 Very bothered
34 33 32 Somewhat bothered
25 26 18 Not too bothered
10 12 8 Not 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.

Total OR
9 7 8 Extremely bothered
18 15 16 Very bothered
43 40 51 Somewhat bothered
24 30 20 Not too bothered
6 6 4 Not 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?

Total OR
9 10 Extremely bothered
16 18 Very bothered
34 33 Somewhat bothered
26 25 Not too bothered
14 14 Not 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?

Total OR
3 3 Extremely bothered
5 4 Very bothered
21 23 Somewhat bothered
40 40 Not too bothered
30 29 Not at all bothered
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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, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.