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How do you compare with your Northwest neighbors?

What are your views on parking in crowded areas?

Woman paying at parking station

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 1 in 5 Northwest drivers surveyed say they’ve actually changed plans because it’s too expensive or difficult to find parking in crowded areas. What about you: How much time and money would you spend to park near your destination?

How worried are you about your car being broken into?

Wallet on car seat with broken glass

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, only 1 in 5 Northwest people surveyed (19 percent) say they’re extremely or very concerned about car prowls in their neighborhood. What about you: How concerned are you about your car being broken into?

Do you buckle up in the back seat?

Woman wearing seatbelt in back seat

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 1 in 5 people admit they don’t wear a seat belt when riding in the backseats of cars. What about you? Do you always buckle up in the back? Why or why not?

Driving with Pets

Man driving with dog in lap

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

Hang up and walk

Pedestrian on cell phone

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, more than half of the residents we polled (53%) say they use their phones to talk or text while walking, but only a third admit to being distracted walkers. How about you? Are you ever a distracted walker?

How do you protect your home when you go away?

Using home security system

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, half of the residents we polled own security systems, but a surprisingly high number don’t always activate them when they leave the house. How about you? What actions do you take to keep your home safe when you go away?

How do you get rid of your unwanted items?

Woman donating box of clothing

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, many residents skip the annual ritual of “spring cleaning.” They’re also more likely to donate than sell things they don’t want. What about you? How do you get rid of your unwanted items?

How much spring maintenance do you do on your home to keep it safe from problems?

Woman clenaing rain gutter

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, many residents admit that they don’t clean their gutters, test their smoke alarms or maintain their yards for fire risk as much as they should. What about you? How much spring maintenance do you do to prevent problems from happening?

How often do we drive faster than the speed limit, and why?

Speeding northwest drivers

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, two out of three drivers admit to driving faster than the posted speed limit at least some of the time, for various reasons. What about you? How often do you go faster than the speed limit, and what are your reasons?

Do people in the Northwest do enough to protect their identities?

Hacker stealing identity

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, a vast majority of Northwest residents (86 percent) are at least somewhat concerned about their identity being stolen, but many place the responsibility of safeguarding their personal information in the hands of others. How about you? What steps do you take to protect your identity?

Which side of the fence do you fall on when it comes to fence damage and repair?

Who should mend a broken fence

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, half of respondents believe they own the longest fence dividing their house from their neighbor’s, but only 18% think they have to repair that fence if a neighbor’s tree falls on it. How about you? Which side of the fence do you fall on when it comes to responsibility?

How interested are Northwest motorists in owning driverless cars?

Driverless car

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, a majority of drivers (58 percent) believe driverless cars will be legally allowed on city streets and highways within the next decade, but surprisingly few – just one in three Washington and Oregon drivers – say they’re very interested in owning one. How about you? Would you be interested in letting a car do the driving for you?

How prepared are people in the Northwest for “The Big One?”

earthquake and disaster preparedness

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, more than three-quarters of people who responded say they expect “The Big One?” to hit, but only half are prepared for it. How about you? How ready are you for an earthquake or natural disaster?

How strong / safe are Northwest swimmers?

boating safety

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, nearly all who responded say they are decent swimmers, and more than half don’t take basic safety precautions like wearing a personal flotation device when they’re playing on the water. How about you? Have you or would you ever swim without a personal floatation device?

Would you rather help two or four-legged friends in need?

Woman texting while driving

Almost three-quarters (71 percent) of Northwest drivers polled say they’re very or extremely likely to take action to help a dog left in a hot car. But only about half (58 percent) say they’d help a driver stalled on the side of the road by stopping or calling 911. Who would you be more likely to help in a time of need: dog or human?

How often do Northwest drivers use their phones while driving?

Woman texting while driving

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, nearly half of Northwest drivers admit they illegally use their phones to call or text while driving – and a majority do it because they don’t think it’s “too dangerous.” What’s more, the worst offenders appear to be parents. How about you? Do you ever use your phone to call or text when behind the wheel?

How prepared are Oregonians for summer wildfire?

Fireman fighting a fire

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, more than half of Oregon residents are concerned about the possibility of wildfire this summer, yet nearly a third of them have not started “Firewising” their homes. How about you? How worried are you and what have you done to prepare for wildfire season?

As Northwest traffic heats up, are drivers really cooling down?

Man driving car

According to the PEMCO Polite Driving Index, Northwest drivers say they see less agression on the road today compared to five years ago – and the better behavior could be thanks to millennials. Washington drivers under 35 say they are personally less aggressive now than they’ve been in the past. Does that ring true for you?

Do you favor keeping our clocks set the same year-round?

Hand changing clock

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 64% of Northwest residents would rather leave clocks set the same year-round, while just 21% prefer to keep switching between Standard and Daylight Saving Time. And of those who don’t like switching, 39% favor staying on Standard Time versus 25% who favor Daylight Time. How about you?

Do drivers camp in the left lane more or less than 5 years ago?

Woman with road rage

According to the 2016 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 83% of Northwest drivers witness left-lane campers obstructing traffic “often” or “sometimes.” But in Washington, fewer drivers see it often now (35%) compared with in 2011 (49%). What’s funny is, only 12% of drivers admit to ever camping in the left lane themselves. How about you?