What’s more distracting in the car, a pet or a child?


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, nearly half of Washington drivers (43%) think a pet in the car is more distracting than a child, yet about a third admit they let their pets roam freely in the car or even sit on their laps while they’re driving.

What about you? What do you find more distracting, a pet or a kid?

How many dogs and cats do you or does someone in your household own?

Total OR
29 27 None
29 32 One
24 25 Two
18 16 Three or more

Whether it’s your pet or someone else’s how often do you drive in your car with an unrestrained pet?

Total OR
15 16 Often
17 17 Sometimes
20 21 Rarely
48 45 Never
0 1 Don’t know

How often do you drive in your car with a pet (yours or someone else’s) that is restrained?

Total OR
9 9 Often
17 17 Sometimes
25 27 Rarely
48 46 Never
1 1 Don’t know

How often do you allow anyone’s pet to sit on your lap or roam around the car while you’re driving?

Total OR
9 9 Often
13 14 Sometimes
12 14 Rarely
66 63 Never
0 0 Don’t know

In general, thinking about yourself as well as for others, do you think it’s more distracting when people drive a car with children as passengers or pets as passengers?

Total OR
37 39 Children
41 39 Pets
13 15 Neither
9 7 Don’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, 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.

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