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Italian at the wheel, constant danger? Bad driving behaviors

A particularly happy picture of Italian motorists does not emerge from the latest Altroconsumo survey on driving habits.

Italian at the wheel, constant danger? We certainly hope not, but certainly the latest investigation by Altroconsumo should lead us to reflect on the numerous wrong behaviors along our roads. The association consulted over 1,700 Italian motorists , asking them to describe their style behind the wheel: widespread habits emerged that violate the rules established by the Highway Code and the rules of common sense, such as, for example, the safety distance. , which more than 50 percent of the sample admits to ignoring.

From (ab) smartphone use to drunk driving: misconduct

The lowest point concerns the use of smartphones : 27 per cent of drivers trust to send messages while behind the wheel and 17 per cent cast an eye at the screen; the main culprits are young people, given that almost half of the 18 to 25 age group send messages while on the road.

Another attitude to review concerns driving under the influence of alcohol . Although the clear majority (87 percent) believe it to be really dangerous, 13 percent say they travel even after taking alcohol. That justifies such conduct in the belief that prudence is sufficient to significantly reduce the risk of causing accidents ; furthermore, a decisive factor is the scarcity of controls and the particularly low risk of incurring penalties.

Fatigue is also a wake-up call not to be underestimated, unlike the thesis advocated by 26 percent of the people involved. Of course, modern vehicles now have technological equipment capable of detecting from the driver’s posture if there is a danger. Still, rest is the only effective remedy for sudden (and potentially fatal) falling asleep: a short break is all it takes.

Let’s move on to seat belts , yet another sore point: if 90 percent explain that they always use them outside the city center, here the value drops to 76 percent. With regard to speed limits , 71 percent say they exceed 70 km / h in the city context, when the limit always remains 50 km / h; on the motorway, as many as 43% put their foot down and go beyond the permitted threshold of 130 km / h. Here, too, the almost certainty of not receiving fines contributes to the behavior: one interviewee out of five considers the possibility quite remote.