Videos while driving, overtaking without indicators and high speed: Italians behind the wheel

Here’s what emerges from the third edition of the ‘Research on driving styles’

The 10% of Italians shoot a video with their cell phone while behind the wheel. Among these, 3.1% admitted having done it themselves while driving their vehicle, while 6.9% declared having been on board a vehicle while the driver filmed. This is the data that emerges from the third edition of the research on users’ driving styles, commissioned by Anas (Società del Polo Infrastrutture of the FS Italiane Group) and conducted by Csa Research – Corporate Statistics Center – with interviews on a sample of 4 thousand people and with over 5 thousand direct observations on the road, presented today as part of the conference ‘Road safety: zero victims objective’.

The conference was organized by Anas, Piarc (World Road Association) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, on the occasion of the World Day in Remembrance of Road Victims. Participating in the conference are the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Matteo Salvini, the president of Anas and Piarc Italia Edoardo Valente, the CEO of Anas Aldo Isi, Paolo Crepet Psychologist and Sociologist, the journalist Luca Valdiserri.

Of the 3.1% who said they had used their cell phone while driving to take videos, there were equal numbers of both men and women in an age group between 24 and 44, with the highest peaks among those aged 25. and 34 years old. The same goes for the 6.9% of users who claimed to have been on board while the driver was filming: the highest percentage concerns women between 25 and 34 years old.

“The worrying data highlighted this year by Anas research on driving styles – declared CEO Aldo Isi – shows that a large part of the responsibility is attributable to the human factor. In addition to its strong commitment to continuing to raise user awareness of the importance of prudent, safe and distraction-free driving, Anas is working to further strengthen the safety standards of its network by guaranteeing, as always, ordinary maintenance of the infrastructure and also focusing on ‘technological innovation. A significant finding from the research – concluded Isi – is the perception of oneself while driving, which is far superior to that of others. The opinion on one’s behavior behind the wheel, on a scale from 1 to 10, reaches an average satisfaction close to 9. The perception of Italian motorists is therefore that most other drivers go too fast and use their mobile phones while behind the wheel”.

“It emerges with particular force – explained Paolo Crepet, Psychologist and Sociologist – the adolescent matrix underlying the behavior of the majority of Italian drivers. This is even more striking when it is adults who implement certain attitudes, who are also incapable of resisting the irrepressible need to always follow everything as it happens and eager to participate in real time in events, even while driving, even if this can cause very high risks for one’s own safety and that of others. We must ask ourselves what leads an adult to necessarily want to respond to a frivolous message while driving knowing that he could very well do so at another time. The answer is that in each of us there is a childish aspect, regardless of consequences and dangers, on which it is absolutely necessary to work and intervene especially when life is at stake.”

All the most common incorrect behaviors

Black shirt due to minimum distancing not being respected. Out of a total of over 102 thousand vehicles observed per day along three road routes managed by Anas, in 38.5% of cases the safety distance was not respected.

Confirmed among the most widespread incorrect behaviors, albeit with a slight improvement compared to last year: the failure to use lane change indicators both for the overtaking maneuver (50.9%) and for the return maneuver (50.9%) 7%) and for ramp entry (32.9%). From a more detailed analysis of the type of vehicle with which the offense is committed, it emerged that the most undisciplined are the drivers of sedans: over 64% do not use the indicators either for overtaking or for returning maneuvers. This is a percentage well above the global average of 50%.

Again, among the incorrect behaviors the failure to use seat belts by the driver (10.6%) and especially by the rear passengers (72.6%); failure to use child seats (46.8%). Failure to comply with the rules of the highway code also with regard to exceeding the Speed ​​Limit in 12.9% of situations observed on the road.

The trend that emerged with the last edition of the Research, on the perception of oneself and others while driving, is growing further this year. The rating that Italians give to themselves as drivers is almost 9, while the rating they have of other drivers on the road is negative and stands at an average of 5.4, therefore well below sufficient. The two most perceived incorrect behaviors concern speed limits, which according to those interviewed are respected by only 40.3% of other drivers, and the use of mobile phones while driving, only in 39.6% of cases.

Interviewees were asked how useful they considered the mandatory use of on-board safety devices, in particular safe-drive systems capable of darkening the mobile phone screen while driving and deactivating chats, photos and videos; speed limiters; and alcohol lock. On average more than 80% consider them useful and more than half very useful. The most favorable are definitely the adult license holders (over 55) who expressed themselves with a rating ranging between 7.4 and 7.6 (on a scale of 1 to 10).