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AA Motorists Panel August 2011 Results Summary14,793 responses

1.    Following an initial proposal last October, the NRA has hired a team of consultants to devise plans for the potential introduction of eight new tolling points plus a multi point tolling system on the M50. If a new tolling point was introduced on your daily route to what extent would you agree/disagree with the following statements:

  Agree completely  Agree somewhat  Neutral  Disagree somewhat  Disagree completely 
I would make no changes to my regular commuting patterns  13.3%  11.3% 7.3% 22.5% 46.2%
I would take an alternative route some of the time  38.1% 35.4% 9.8% 6.1% 11.4%
I would take an alternative route most of the time  40.9% 25.4% 12.4% 10.3% 11.5%
I would take an alternative route all of the time  41.7% 19.0% 13.6% 11.5% 14.8%
I would consider car pooling to split the cost  10.8% 13.0% 22.9% 13.6% 40.2%
Dosen’t apply to me 35.8% 4.8% 29.6% 4.5% 27.8%

 

 

2.    Minister for Health and Children Dr James Reilly has said he wants to ban smoking in cars when children are present and hopes to bring forward legislation early next year. Please indicate below to what extent you agree/disagree that this should be the subject of legislation.

  Agree completely  Agree somewhat  Neutral  Disagree somewhat  Disagree completely 
Drivers should be banned from smoking when travelling with children.  74.1% 10.8% 5.1% 3.3% 6.9%
Drivers should be banned from smoking when travelling with all passengers.  51.4% 14.1% 9.7% 8.6% 16.6%
Smoking should be banned in cars full stop.  34.2% 8.6% 13.4% 10.5% 33.6%
Smoking in cars is a private matter and should not be legislated.  30.9% 15.6% 11.7% 12.7% 29.5%

 

 

3. Do you smoke in your own car?

Yes  16.0% 
No  40.0% 
Dosen’t apply to me  43.9% 

 

 

4.    How often within the last two years, if ever, have you knowingly travelled as a passenger in a vehicle where you knew/suspected the driver to be any of the following?

  Daily  Regularly  Seldom  Rarely  Never 
Over the legal blood alcohol limit.  0.0% 0.6% 4.4% 15.2% 79.9%
Under the influence of illegal drugs.  0.1% 0.3% 1.0% 2.5% 96.3%
Severely hungover.  0.1% 1.8% 11.0% 22.6% 64.7%
Unfit to drive due to some other physical impairment.  0.0% 0.2% 1.3% 4.5% 94.0%

 

 

5.    Within the last two years how often, if ever, have you run the risk of driving “the morning after the night before” whilst unsure whether your blood alcohol level had returned to within the legally permissible limit?

Daily 0.1% 
Regularly 2.3% 
Seldom 10.8% 
Rarely 32.4% 
Never 54.5%

 

 

6.    Within the last two years have you stopped on the motorway hard shoulder for any of the following reasons? (Select as many answers as apply)

To switch drivers  21.8% 
To take a rest  17.9% 
To make/receive a mobile phone call  44.6% 
To send a text message/use a Smartphone  18.0% 
To pick up/drop off a passenger  2.8% 
To reprogramme a GPS device  10.5% 
To discipline a child  5.8% 
To allow someone to throw up  11.6% 
To look at a map  18.3% 
To investigate a dashboard warning light  14.9% 
To go to the toliet  16.3% 
To allow a child to go to the toliet  16.6% 
To clean your car  0.7% 
To change an item of clothing  5.3% 
Other  15.4% 

 

 

7.    Have you ever accidentally driven away from a petrol station forecourt having forgotten to pay for your fuel?

Yes  5.4% 
No  94.6% 

 

 

8.    Were you doing any of the following at the time?

Chatting on your mobile phone  2.7% 
Sending a text  0.6% 
Using the internet on your Smartphone  0.3% 
Talking to a passenger  8.5% 
Programming a SatNav  0.3% 
Checking a map  1.4% 
Other  14.9% 
None of the above  71.3% 

 

 

9.    Have you ever required a car you were driving/travelling in to be towed?

Yes  49.7% 
No  50.3% 

 

 

10.Who was the last tow you received provided by?

The AA  30.0% 
A local garage  23.4% 
A friend or family member  33.2% 
Other  13.5% 

 

 

11.How would you rate the service that you received?

Excellent  54.5% 
Good  33.3% 
Average  8.8% 
Somewhat poor  2.1% 
Very poor  1.2% 

 

 

12.A light hearted question about back seat driving. To what extent would you agree/disagree that you are a “back seat driver” when travelling with the following people?

  Agree completely Agree somewhat Neutral Disagree somewhat Disagree completely
A driver I know to be inexperienced  20.9% 39.6% 18.1% 8.2% 13.5%
Someone I would rate as a poor driver  20.6% 38.9% 19.2% 9.0% 12.4%
My spouse/partner  16.0% 31.3% 25.5% 9.0% 18.5%
One of my children  9.2% 18.8% 44.7% 5.8% 21.8%
A parent  7.9% 22.0% 35.0% 9.5% 25.9%
A sibling  6.5% 21.9% 34.5% 11.0% 26.3%
My friends  5.3% 22.2% 33.5% 13.4% 25.9%

 

 

13.     Have you ever driven in a country where they drive on the right hand side of the road?

Yes  68.0% 
No  32.0% 

 

 

14.     How confident were you at the time?

Very  37.9% 
Somewhat  41.1% 
Neutral  6.3% 
Not very 12.6%
Not at all 1.9%
Other 0.2%

15.     How confident would you be at the prospect of driving in a country where they drive on the right hand side of the road?

Very 7.5%
Somewhat 25.4%
Neutral 8.2%
Not very 32.3%
Not at all 16.9%
It would depend on the location 9.7%

16. Have you booked professional driving lessons for yourself, your spouse, a child or grandchild within the last two years?

Yes 16.2%
No 83.8%

17. When booking those professional driving lessons how important/unimportant were the following factors?

  Very Somewhat Neutral Not very Not at all Can’t remember
Word-of-mouth/personal recommendation 62.7% 22.2% 8.1% 3.1% 3.2% 0.9%
Price 37.8% 40.0% 14.1% 5.4% 2.6% 0.3%
Pass rate of their past pupils 41.2% 30.5% 18.9% 5.0% 3.5% 1.3%
Location 48.5% 36.9% 9.9% 3.4% 1.4% 0.2%
Proximity to driving test route 34.7% 31.1% 22.4% 7.1% 4.4% 0.5%
Their experience as an instructor 67.2% 22.0% 7.8% 1.6% 0.9% 0.5%
Their reputation 72.3% 20.1% 5.4% 1.3% 0.7% 0.4%
The instructor’s personality 44.1% 31.7% 17.6% 3.6% 2.6% 0.7%

18. And now a question in relation to home security. As always you do not have to answer any questions that you do not wish to. When out gardening/relaxing in your garden and your house is vacant as a result, which of the following statements would typically apply in your case?

I’ll make sure the house is 100% secure (incl. putting on the alarm) 5.1%
I’ll lock the windows and doors but not put on the alarm. 19.5%
I’ll lock the doors but not worry about much else. 28.0%
I’ll very rarely lock up at all 18.8%
I’ll never lock up 21.4%
I don’t have a garden 4.8%
Other. 2.3%

19. It has been announced that a household service charge of €100 p.a. will be introduced from January 2012 and will apply to 1.5 million households nationwide. Which of the following statements, if any, best describes your reaction to this new charge?

I completely agree with it. 7.5%
I somewhat agree with it. 19.8%
Neutral. 7.3%
I somewhat disagree with it. 11.7%
I completely disagree with it. 47.6%
I am undecided 5.2%
Other. 0.9%

20. Are you a culture vulture or a beach bum when travelling/on holiday? Please select from the below answers as appropriate. When on holiday, I will make an effort to…

  Always Regularly Seldom Rarely Never
Speak the local language 17.5% 34.6% 26.7% 13.0% 8.4%
Eat mainly local cuisine 23.2% 53.2% 15.1% 6.3% 2.3%
Do at least one cultural day trip 40.5% 38.7% 13.2% 5.8% 2.1%
Venture off the main tourist thoroughfare 33.8% 40.7% 17.3% 5.6% 2.8%
Talk to the locals 26.7% 42.9% 22.1% 7.1% 1.6%
Swot up on local history before I go 22.4% 36.0% 22.9% 11.2% 7.9%

21. Have you ever had to abandon a holiday?

Yes 18.4%
No 81.6%

22. What was the reason you had to abandon your holiday?

Unforseen illness 33.5%
Unforseen injury 5.2%
A funeral 18.0%
Work commitments 7.7%
Unforseen unemployment 1.0%
I couldn’t afford to go 4.1%
A falling out with my travel companion 2.6%
Adverse weather conditions 12.3%
Industrial action 1.4%
Other 14.1%

23. When you abandoned your holiday did you have travel insurance cover in place?

Yes 59.1%
No 27.2%
I can’t remember 9.9%
Other 3.8%