ICBC released the scores of over 45,000 British Columbians took an online test to determine their driving knowledge.
The results indicated that nearly half the respondents wouldn’t be able to acquire a learner’s permit.
The insurance provider also reported that an all-time high of 350,000 automobile crashes took place in 2017. It attributes distraction, speed and aggressive driving habits to this staggering figure.
According to ICBC statistics, the total number of accidents is up 6% from 2016 and is 25% higher than 2014.
Moreover, the total cost of claims in 2017 was $4.8 billion, equivalent to $13 million a day.
ICBC Most Common Mistakes
Here are the top 5 most common driving mistakes:
- When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of under 80 km/h, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 40 km/h
- When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of 80 km/h or over, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 70 km/h.
- The minimum following distance when behind a large vehicle or a motorcycle on a high speed road, should be: 3 seconds.
- The minimum following distance in bad weather or slippery conditions on high speed roads, should be: 4 seconds.
- Drivers are required to yield to a public transit bus that is signaling to enter traffic: on all roads where the speed limit is 60km/h or lower.
Test takers performed best in the distracted driving portion. That could be because distracted drivers face much stiffer fines than before. Specifically, a driver caught twice in a three year period will receive up to $2,000 in fines as well as points.
Drivers are encouraged to take the Drive Smart Refresher test at icbc.com/drivesmart. Other resources to help improve driving knowledge, such as driving guides, and a road signs practice test, are available on icbc.com.
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