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SOURCE: Direct Response Insurance

Men Breaking Rules of the Road More Than Women; National Survey Reveals Widespread Violations

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- It's been said that ``rules are made to be broken,'' but when it comes to driving, men are more likely to do so than women in several critical areas, according to just released national driving survey results. The survey, conducted by Response Insurance, a direct-to-the-consumer auto insurance company focusing on responsible drivers, revealed that 87% of drivers admit to taking liberties with road rules and driving safety. Male drivers are more likely than women to break the rules in virtually every category raised.

The most dramatic differences between men and women were related to exceeding the posted speed limit when others are doing it (58% of men vs. 48% of women) and using improper escape routes to avoid traffic (16% vs. 11% of women). Men were also much more likely to flash their headlights to alert oncoming traffic of police hideouts (27% of men vs. 18% of women). And when caught, men are more likely to try talking their way out of getting a ticket (16% vs. 11% of women).

``These infractions are widespread and often dangerous,'' noted Mory Katz, Chairman of Response Insurance. ``When it comes to driving, rules are not made to be broken, they're made to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians.''

Response Insurance is well known for being the sponsor of the National Driving Habits Survey, which launched a nation-wide debate over the danger of cell phone usage and other driving distractions. Additional survey results and information can be obtained at http://www.response.com or by calling toll free 1-800-610-5928.

SOURCE: Response Insurance Driving Habits Surveys

The information in this new analysis is based on previously unreleased results from surveys taken 10/14-17/99 and 4/27-30/00. Each was a telephone survey conducted from a statistically valid sample of more than 1,000 U.S. residents (evenly divided men and women) 18 years of age and older.

CALL FOR INTERVIEWS ON THESE AND OTHER SURVEY RESULTS

(i.e. male/female driving habits, cell phone usage, driving distractions, fear of other drivers, road rage, etc.)
CONTACT: Ray Palermo, Office Tel: 914-640-6588 OR off-hours Pager: 800-759-8888 enter PIN: 1196453, or [email protected]

SOURCE: Direct Response Insurance
 
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