Poll: Canadian men want the wheel in snow

Nov. 25, 2009 at 11:08 AM

TORONTO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A survey published Wednesday of Canadian drivers' habits in wintry weather conditions shows 86 percent of men would prefer to be the driver instead a passenger.

The Decima-Harris poll of 1,004 drivers for Goodyear Canada also found 50 percent of males saying wintry weather doesn't slow them down, the survey published in Toronto said.

Among men, 87 percent claimed to be safer drivers than everyone else, while 78 percent of women made the same claim.

As for being a driver rather than passenger, 59 percent of women said they prefer being at the wheel.

While 28 percent of female drivers said they would cancel plans and stay home due to poor weather conditions, just 12 percent of males said they were as cautious, the survey showed.

For driving conditions, 76 percent of all drivers said they check the local weather forecast at least once a day, the poll said.

The telephone survey was conducted Nov. 5-8 and has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error, the pollster said.

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