B.C. drivers might be the worst in Canada: poll

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This likely won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but B.C. drivers might be the worst in Canada, according to a new poll from Insights West.

British Columbians far exceeded the national average when it comes to bad driving behaviours. Around 58% of B.C. residents say they’ve witnessed someone turning right or left from the wrong lane, compared to 41% of people nationally. Beyond that, nearly half say they’ve had to brake sharply or steer violently in order to avoid a crash, and another 61% say they’ve seen a driver fail to stop at an intersection.

The figures are obvious to anyone living in B.C. – and in particular Vancouver – but they’re still frightening, nonetheless.

Additionally, 70% of British Columbians say they’ve seen a car taking up two parking spots or more and 84% say they’ve seen a driver turn without signalling.

Here’s how we stack up compared to other provinces:

Image: Insights West

Image: Insights West

Nationally, 63% of Canadians seem to think specific groups are to blame for poor driving, primarily young and old people.

“Aside from the expected generational clash, there are two overarching themes to the complaints from Canadians who say some drivers are responsible for the problems on the road,” says Mario Canseco, VP of Public Affairs at Insights West.

“While some keep the focus primarily on country of origin, others are upset with drivers who continue to illegally use their mobile devices while behind the wheel.”

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