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Females More Cautious And Compliant, While Men More Compassionate According To Ford Cartesy Survery On Road Safety And Awareness

Ford Cartesy survey reveals indifference to rules and lack of caution among Indian road users; Encourage Indian road users to be more courteous for a safe 2019

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Ford Survey Reveals that Road safety and awareness are continue to be a big concern in India. The survey was conducted in 10 cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Pune and Indore. The Survey was designed to check Compliance with traffic rules, measures of Caution and Compassion for help.

In line with the World Health Organization’s 5-pillar approach, the new Ford Cartesy 2018 survey highlights the importance to assess the behavior of drivers, passengers and pedestrians in order to improve road safety.

In the six major metros, Kolkata and Hyderabad led on all Compliance, Caution and Compassion, while Mumbai and Delhi showed a lot of room for improvement. In non-metros, Ludhiana, Lucknow and Pune scored well.

A total of 1,613 interviews (based on stratification of representative sampling) were conducted across 10 cities, each with a million-plus population. Each city was divided into five zones (East, West, North, South and Central) and respondents were interviewed from each zone to ensure a fair representation across a city.

Forty-eight percent of the respondents were private (non-commercial) drivers while 52 percent were passengers and pedestrians. Demographic divide consisted of 72 percent of responses from men and 28 percent from women.

A snapshot of interesting revelations from the Ford Cartesy Survey 2018 includes:

The Educated Unaware: Formal education or degrees play no role in displaying the right road behaviour – even the educated have a disregard for rules, safety or compassion while on road. Fifty-one percent of the participants were unaware of seat belts being the primary source of safety combined with airbags.

Ignorance Is Not Always Bliss: 42 percent of participants said they do not use Child Lock and around 27 percent of participants do not use dippers while driving at night. Further, 22 percent of participants said it was ok to take phone calls while driving.

Twisted Tales: Children Encourage Parents Toward Right Road Behaviour: Couples with children were found to be far more ‘Carteous’ as compared to single or unmarried couples. Young parents with infants (below 2 years) show a spike in Caution and Compassion scores, which start to decline as their children grow up. However, as soon as children reach their teens (12+ years), parents feel pressure to be a role model and demonstrate the right behaviour again.

Once Bitten Twice Shy: Respondents with prior unpleasant experiences on the road such as an accident or loss were found to be 8 percent more compassionate, cautious and compliant.

The “Chalta Hain” Mentality: 22 percent of respondents said they will not stop at a signal in the absence of a policeman and close to 22 percent of respondents said they would resort to “influencing” in case they are caught by a policeman for violation of traffic rules.

Risking It All, Not Cool: Attitude toward under-age driving is a clear case of how much we devalue our own and other people’s lives on the road. Thirty-three percent of respondents said they are tolerant of under-age driving. It is noteworthy that close to 1 in 5 respondents (18 percent) felt that it was okay to drink and drive.

All Is Not Lost, Millennials a Beacon of Hope: Millennials (18-34 years) were found to be better in Compliance, Caution and Compassion than those older than them.

Females More Cautious and Compliant, While Men More Compassionate

Apathy for All, Empathy for a Few? Forty-eight percent of participants accepted that they would not stop for a blind person. Further, two out of five respondents indicated that they would not go out of their way for a person in need of help on road. Close to 41 percent of respondents said they would not take an accident victim to the hospital while 40 percent said that they would not help senior citizens cross the road.


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