How often do you lean on the car horn


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, three out of four Northwest drivers refuse to honk their car horns at offending commuters.

What about you? How often do you honk your horn, and how do you feel when someone honks at you

How often do you use your vehicle’s horn?

Total OR
3 2 Often
18 17 Sometimes
72 74 Rarely
6 6 Never
1 1 Don’t know

Compared to other regions of the United States, do you believe that drivers in the Pacific Northwest use the horn on their vehicle:

Total OR
2 2 Much more often than drivers in other regions
6 3 Somewhat more often
22 22 About the same amount
35 35 Somewhat less often
26 28 Much less often
9 10 Don’t know

Different people have different attitudes about honking. Some people believe that honking is bad and drivers should never do it. Other people believe that honking is good and every driver should do it way more often. How do you feel? (Sliding scale from 0 to 100)

Total OR
10 10 Honking is bad and drivers shouldn’t do it (0-25)
45 45 Tend to believe that honking is bad (26-50)
36 37 Tend to believe that honking is good (51-75)
9 8 Honking is good and drivers should do more of it (76-100)
50.8 49.6 Average Score

How do you feel about drivers who use their horn as a way to inform fellow drivers to pay attention? Is honking never the right way to inform fellow drivers to pay attention, or always the right way to inform other drivers to pay attention? (Sliding scale from 0 to 100)

Total OR
6 8 Honking is never the right way to inform (0-25)
20 19 Honking tends not be the right way to inform (26-50)
42 43 Honking tends to be the right way to inform (51-75)
32 30 Honking is always the right way to inform (76-100)
64.6 63.9 Average Score

When someone honks at you, which of these statements describe your typical reactions(s)?

Total OR
44 47 It startles me
41 38 I acknowledge my mistake with a gesture of thanks
25 28 It makes me feel bad, like I’ve done something wrong
22 23 I take the action the person honking wants me to take
18 18 It makes me mad, but I keep my anger to myself
8 7 I ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen
7 7 I don’t react at all
6 5 It makes me mad, and I let the person honking know it
5 6 Other
2 1 Don’t know

When someone honks at you, which of these statements describe your typical reaction(s)?

Total Oregon
Male Female Male Female
36 53 38 56 It startles me
41 40 42 33 I acknowledge my mistake with a gesture of thanks
18 32 21 36 It makes me feel bad, like I’ve done something wrong
22 24 24 23 I take the action the person honking wants me to take
20 19 19 18 It makes me mad, but I keep my anger to myself
9 7 7 8 I ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen
9 5 10 4 I don’t react at all
8 5 8 3 It makes me mad, and I let the person honking know it
4 6 4 8 Other
2 1 1 1 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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