Japanese driving habits

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Do you drive at the posted speed? graph of japanese statisticsHere’s an interesting look with iShare at driving, looking in particular at poor driving habits.

Demographics

Between the 4th and 7th of January 2010 495 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 55.4% of the sample were male, 33.5% in their twenties, 31.9% in their thirties, and 34.5% in their forties.

In Q2SQ1 the issue of “paper drivers” is highlighted – paper drivers is a Japanese expression (it’s actually the English words that are used) that indicates people who are qualified on paper but never actually do much if any driving. I’m probably borderline paper myself as my driving is limited to renting a car just a handful of times every year.

In Q2SQ2, I wonder if we can assume that the 25% who drive to the speed limit are regular speeders? On empty motorways I might occasionally wander one or two kilometres per hour over the limit, but on busy urban highways and surface streets I do usually run just a little bit under the limit and I certainly do always maintain my distance from the car in front.

Research results

Q1: Have you ever been involved in a car accident, whether you were driving or not? (Sample size=495)

  All Male
N=274
Female
N=221
Yes 51.7% 58.8% 43.0%
No 48.3% 41.2% 57.0%

Q2: Do you have a driving licence? (Sample size=495)

  All Male
N=274
Female
N=221
Yes (to SQ1 to SQ4) 82.8% 87.6% 76.9%
No (to SQ5) 17.2% 12.4% 23.1%


Q2SQ1: Do you normally drive a car? (Sample size=410)

  All Male
N=240
Female
N=170
Frequently 41.5% 47.5% 32.9%
Sometimes 34.9% 37.1% 31.8%
Almost never, never 23.7% 15.4% 35.3%

Q2SQ2: Do you drive at the posted speed? (Sample size=410)

  All Male
N=240
Female
N=170
Always 25.4% 29.2% 20.0%
Usually 54.4% 57.9% 49.4%
Usually slower 14.9% 9.6% 22.4%
Always slower 5.4% 3.3% 8.2%

Q2SQ3: Has anyone riding in the car with you ever told you your driving is dangerous? (Sample size=410)

  All Male
N=240
Female
N=170
Yes 34.9% 37.9% 30.6%
No 65.1% 62.1% 69.4%

The more often people drove at the posted speed (or over…) according to Q2SQ2, the more likely they were to have been told they were dangerous.

Q2SQ4: Have you ever felt when riding in a car that the driver was driving dangerously? (Sample size=410)

  All Male
N=240
Female
N=170
Yes 84.9% 86.3% 82.9%
No 15.1% 13.8% 17.1%

Both more frequent drivers and those who had been involved in accidents were more aware of dodgy driving.


Q2SQ5: Have you ever felt when riding in a car that the driver was driving dangerously? (Sample size=85)

  All Male
N=34
Female
N=51
Yes 68.2% 55.9% 76.5%
No 31.8% 44.1% 23.5%
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4 comments »

  1. Janne said,
    January 31, 2010 @ 02:48

    “Paper driver” – fun to hear what I actually am. I’ve driven a car exactly five times since I got my license in 1989, all before the turn of the century. Come to think of it, I got my license in the Swedish army, so my driving practice was actually all with six-wheeled all-terrain trucks and waist-steered tracked vehicles.

    The accelerator is on the right I think, but the break and the clutch I don’t really remember which is which. And you need to pull the choke when you start so you don’t blow a gasket?

  2. RMilner said,
    January 31, 2010 @ 07:00

    Most modern cars have automatic choke.

  3. darg said,
    January 31, 2010 @ 13:12

    The question about speed is pretty ridiculous wording – they don’t even have an option for driving over the posted speed, lol.
    Anyone whose ever driven on Japanese highways knows that there are always some people driving 20-30kph over the posted speed.

  4. Kirk said,
    February 2, 2010 @ 15:00

    The first thing I noticed was the lack of option for driving over the limit. I have never been to Japan but as an American driver, I know that “slightly over to way over the limit” would be the biggest piece of the pie!

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