Most Canadians say dangerous driving has increased recently, with speeding, aggressive behaviour and using a phone topping the list, according to a survey by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

The poll found 56 percent of Canadians had observed an increase in one or more unsafe driving behaviours since September, when compared to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than one-third – 35 percent – said they had seen an increase in drivers speeding, while 32 percent reported more aggressive driving, and 30 percent said they had noticed more drivers using their mobile phone behind the wheel.

“There is a false sense of security for drivers on the road these days,” said Ian Jack, Vice President of Public Affairs, CAA National.

“With fewer cars around, compared to pre-COVID, motorists may feel they can get away with riskier driving.

“But the risk is always there, whether that’s another vehicle or other road users.”

Although non-essential travel is not recommended at this time, the CAA offers the following road safety tips to keep in mind if you need to take to the road:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. When drivers rush, they are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviour that could hurt themselves or someone else on the road.
  • Set your GPS and playlist before driving. Reduce distractions by having everything set before you begin your trip. If you are driving with someone else, designate them to watch your phone so you can keep your mind and eyes on the road.
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists, especially with fewer people driving. Make eye contact with pedestrians and check your blind spots for cyclists.
  • Clear ice and snow from all exterior windows and mirrors before you start driving.
  • Make sure your front and rear lights are on.