Poll: Public Thinks Truckers Safer Than Car Drivers

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Posted on October 22nd 2014 7:11 PM

The trucking industry already know trucks are the safest vehicles on the road. But what do car drivers think? The same thing, apparently.

As reported by CCJ Magazine, the poll, conducted for the American Trucking Associations, shows eight in 10 Americans believe truck drivers are safer than car drivers. About 65 percent of respondents have a generally positive view of the trucking industry.

“This is really good news for the industry; the safety numbers are extraordinary,” said Pollster Neil Newhouse as he presented the results of the survey at ATA MC&E last week. “This is what they’re seeing on the roads. There’s a consensus across the country that truck drivers are much safer, much more diligent, they’re less likely to speed and cause crashes than are passenger car drivers.”

Some other numbers from the poll:

  • Just 7 percent of respondents believe truck drivers are more likely than passenger vehicle drivers to drive unsafely
  • 90 percent of respondents believe passenger vehicle drivers are more likely to speed than truck drivers; and
  • 74 percent of respondents think in accidents involving a car and a truck, the passenger vehicle driver is at fault.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies between Sept. 20-24, surveyed 800 registered voters on their attitudes about politics, the trucking industry and the state of infrastructure.

A section regarding the condition of U.S. roads and bridges indicated that Americans feel they need work.

The full survey, which covers a wide range of political issues as well, can be found here.

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