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Poll: Better knowledge of modern safety equipment of vehicles would benefit Canadians

The results of a recent public opinion survey of the Research Foundation injuries (TIRF) show that a majority of Canadian drivers gain a more information about the many safety equipment which, more most are books series on new vehicles throughout the automotive industry. The survey, conducted between November 2011 and January 2012, explored multiple issues including knowledge of various safety equipment, perceptions as to their use and effects of these facilities on driving.

On average, less than one third of Canadians say they know the types of safety equipment of vehicles currently available on the market. They were questioned about the particular control device of the vehicle stability (VSC), Traction Control, the electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), the anti-lock brake system (ABS), assistance to braking, the brake system priority and adaptive headlights. A majority of drivers (80.4%) have the ABS system. The regulator traction experienced 53.5% of Canadians, ranks second.

"Up to a certain point, it is normal that people are more familiar with the ABS system, since it is offered on a large scale for almost 30 years, unlike the more recent technologies such as the warning system output channel which is on the market for barely a decade, "said Robyn Robertson, President and CEO of TIRF. "It is important to continue to educate drivers about the availability and use of these facilities as they have made their entry in the market, to ensure the safety of people on our roads. "

Despite the relatively low literacy of Canadians as to the safety equipment, more than half of respondents believe that they are easy to use and that they would use if their vehicle was equipped with, which is good news. Indeed, the research demonstrated that the safety equipment prevent accidents and injuries when employees together from a safe conduct.

"Given that many drivers perceive as being more cautious driving than the average Canadian, the effort required to address this lack of knowledge is important. Increased awareness of these facilities and their operation would also strengthen another message: the safety equipment does not provide drivers to exercise caution while driving, a behavior that many people have adopted well before such facilities are offered, "says Robertson.

The survey represents the first step in the elaboration of a national program of education based on research about the safety equipment on vehicles. Funded by the Toyota Canada Foundation, this program will integrate the results of the survey and the opinion of road users in order to inform the public about important safety equipment in a vehicle, their respective advantages and complementary nature habits safe driving in different road conditions experienced by Canadian drivers across the country, depending on the season.

"Our other goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries. Thus, we are convinced that Canadian drivers will use their best understanding of security technologies to adopt better driving habits, "stated Stephen Beatty, Managing Director, Toyota Canada Inc." We work from this excellent research to build a campaign to encourage good driving habits across the country. "

About the survey. These results are based on a public opinion poll developed and conducted by TIRF. A total of 2,506 Canadians answered the survey between November 2011 and January 2012. The results can be considered as accurate, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.0%, 19 times out of 20. Visit our website the

About the Foundation for Research on Traffic Injury. Created in 1964, TIRF's mission is to reduce the deaths and injuries caused by road collisions. As a research institute on the national road safety, independent, charitable TIRF has design, promote and implement effective programs and policies, based on sound research. TIRF is an independent charity that relies on grants, contracts and donations to provide services to the public. Visit our website at

About Toyota Canada Foundation. Toyota Canada Foundation (TCF) is a private charitable foundation nonprofit national scale that has a longstanding commitment to the environment, education and security. It supports charities and non-profit dedicated to excellence in these areas.

Toyota Canada Foundation has a rich history of partnership with organizations with similar views and supports programs related to the environment, to education and to security, including:

Journees Toyota Special Olympics volunteer training since 1991

Scientists in School since 1997

Foundation for Research on Traffic Injury since 2002

Scholarship Program studies Toyota - Earth Day since 2003

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