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Canadians motorists unfamiliar with the safety equipment

A new survey by the Research Foundation of the Traffic Injury in Canada (TIRF) reveals that some groups of Canadians remain uninformed about the existence and operation of automotive safety equipment. In monitoring the 2011 survey Safety Equipment of vehicles: knowledge, perceptions and habits, a public opinion poll conducted in October 2012 was interested in knowing what Canadians know of safety equipment fitted to contemporary vehicles .

In a new survey on road safety TIRF, we asked respondents to assess the extent to which they know six (6) equipment car security: priority to the brakes, electronic brake force distribution, the brake assist, stability control of the vehicle, the cruise traction and anti-lock brake system (ABS). The authors of the study have found that the majority of Canadians still have very limited knowledge on the safety equipment, with the exception of ABS and traction controller. In final, less than 35% of the probes have said many know all the other safety equipment.

"Many of these technologies are increasingly included in the equipment series new vehicles throughout the automotive industry, mainly because research has shown that they contribute to the safety of motorists, says Ward Vanlaar, Vice-President Research TIRF. However, the benefits of safety equipment can not be fully realized if drivers do not understand their duties and they are not able to drive safely interacting properly with them. "

In this follow-up survey, the authors also seeks to identify specific groups of road users who are more likely than others to know the security technologies, such as men and people who report a higher monthly Kilometers . This means that some groups are less informed of the existence or operation of these technologies.

"The deviation of knowledge among road users may erode the potential benefits of security technologies, says Vanlaar. These results of the survey are appear the need to educate and inform motorists of various groups to better know the benefits and limitations of various safety equipment and their links with safe driving practices. "

In January 2013, TIRF has launched "Brain aboard" educational program designed to educate motorists about the potential benefits and limitations of equipment automotive safety, and safe driving behaviors that allow the driver to maximize these technologies regardless of the road conditions. Grace has some explaining in plain language and scenarios that affect them closely, Canadian drivers can learn more about safety equipment, their operation and road conditions where they are most effective. For more information, go to

The TIRF is pleased to announce the launch of the French version of the program

About the survey. These results are based on the Survey on road safety Develop and leads by TIRF. A total of 903 Canadians have responded to the survey in October 2012. The results can be considered accurate with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%, 19 times out of 20. For the third time, some respondents were contacted by phone and other Internet. The survey was made possible thanks to financial support from the Brewers Association of Canada, Toyota Canada Foundation and Aviva Canada

For the fifth consecutive year, the survey also included a thorough review of regional attitudes and behaviors of drink driving matter. The national and regional aspects of the report are published on the website of the TIRF / link.

About TIRF.

Created in 1964, TIRF's mission is to reduce the deaths and injuries caused by road collisions. As an institute of national, independent, charitable road safety, 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


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