On behalf of Allstate Motorcycle Insurance. Directive Analytics has conducted an online survey of Connecticut Car Drivers. The results are quite depressing and I am afraid they would be about the same in each US State.
Connecticut Drivers consider motorcycles very unsafe. 80% of respondents think that motorcycles are more dangerous or much more dangerous than other vehicles. 20% of Drivers state that they have come close to hitting a Biker. 75 % said they would not let their child ride a motorcycle. If they could decide, Drivers wish they would never have to share the road with motorcycles. 25% would ban bikes from highways and parkways.
Bikers were surveyed at the same time and they wish Drivers to be more careful on the road. 80% of Connecticut Bikers think that they are safer on the road than car Drivers. Bikers state that car Drivers are careless and don’t pay attention to what’s going on around them. Bikers also found Car Drivers to be aggressive, trying to cut riders off, as well as impatient, with a tendency to tailgate. According to this survey, nearly 60 percent of men said they have come close to hitting a motorcycle while driving their car. One in three Bikers of those polled don’t want their child to ride a motorcycle. Furthermore, 50% of Bikers actually think motorcycles are dangerous. Although most Bikers consider themselves safer than Car Drivers, the survey shows that about 1 in 3 never received a formal training on how to ride a motorcycle.
Of those who ride motorcycles in Connecticut, 30 percent are women. (This is compared to the national average of only 9 % established by AMA ‘American Motorcyclist Association”). The survey revealed women were much more likely than men to become nervous near a biker. The research also reveals that more than 1 in 5 respondents think that motorcycles are more cause of accidents than other vehicles and that bikers’ recklessness was the main cause of these accidents. Let the riding season begin…Source Allstate Motorcycle Insurance.