The American Trucking Association released On Monday, October 6th, the results of a survey that says the general public believes that truck drivers are among the safest drivers on the road today.
“This poll confirms that the public knows what we in the trucking industry have always known: professional truck drivers are dedicated, professional and safe,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “It also shows that our efforts to portray a positive image of our industry are having a tremendous impact.”
The poll was conducted by from September 20, to 24, 2014 by Public Opinion Strategies. 800 registered voters were part of the survey.
According to the poll:
• 65% of respondents had a favorable impression of the trucking industry.
• 57% of respondents said the trucking industry’s safety record is favorable.
• 91% of respondents said they believe that passenger vehicles are more likely to make unsafe maneuvers, such as tailgating, driving aggressively, or improperly changing lanes.
• 80% believe truck drivers are safer than passenger vehicle drivers.
• 7% of respondents believe truck drivers are more likely than passenger vehicle drivers to drive unsafely.
• 90% of respondents believe passenger vehicle drivers are more likely to speed than truck drivers.
• 74% of respondents think in accidents involving a car and a truck, the passenger vehicle driver is at fault.
“Our industry values safety above all,” said incoming ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C., “and this poll shows that our commitment to safety is paying dividends in the minds of the public.”