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Awful attitude towards road safety and driver empathy poor, says Ford survey

While rash driving and breaking road safety rules is the general norm among many drivers in India, a survey by Ford, reveals some disturbing facts of the average driver psyche.

The Ford Cartesy 2018, survey reveals that, formal education or degrees play no role in displaying the right road behaviour. Secondly millennials were found to be better in compliance than older than them. The survey findings show that, 41 per cent of respondents would not take an accident victim to the hospital and that, 33 per cent are tolerant of under-age driving.

Statistics of rising road fatalities have time and again been highlighted by road safety organizations. There isn’t a single day that goes without headlines of a terrifying road rage incident or a severe road crash due to drunk driving in our country. Newspapers are full of them, and while we might be aware of the abysmal road etiquettes in our country, Ford has come out with a survey on road safety based on behavioral demographics in the country that delves deeper into the problem.

In line with the World Health Organisation’s five-pillar approach, the new Ford Cartesy 2018 survey highlights the importance to assess the behaviour of drivers, passengers and pedestrians in order to improve road safety.
Among the key findings of the survey are astonishing facts and figures around three broad parameters such as compliance, caution and compassion shown by drivers on Indian roads.
For instance, an astounding 33 per cent of the respondents in the survey are tolerant of under-age driving. And did you know that 1 in 5 respondents (18 per cent) felt that it was okay to drink and drive?

Among some really shocking findings of the survey is the fact that 48 per cent of participants accepted that they would not stop for a blind person. Further, two out of five respondents said that they would not go out of their way to help a person in need on the road. Close to 41 per cent of respondents said they would not take an accident victim to the hospital while 40 percent said that they would not help senior citizens cross the road.
All these facts point out the awful state of road safety and empathy of Indian drivers. And while most findings bring out the harsh realities of the current state of things, there some upsides as well.
Millennials (18-34 years) were found to be better in compliance, caution and compassion than those older than them. Also women drivers are more cautious and compliant, while men are more compassionate on roads. ZigWheels

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