外文标题：Indians spend more time behind the wheel than Chinese, Aussies: Survey
NEW DELHI: Commuters in India spend more time behind the wheel in comparison to their counterparts in China, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia. However, many of them don’t adhere to the traffic norms as they use mobile phones either to take selfies or browse social media websites during driving.
These are some of the findings of a recent driving habits survey conducted by automobile major Ford Motor Company across five countries in the Asia Pacific region.
According to the findings, 49% of respondents in India spend at least 12 hours (half-a-day) or more than 100 minutes everyday driving their cars. About 14% respondents have admitted spending up to three hours behind the wheel every day. It’s similar even in the case of Philippines.
The survey has also revealed how about one-fourth of respondents admitted to “excessive use” of mobile phones for taking selfies and browsing social media during driving. About 56% admitted that they have taken a call or called someone while driving either waiting at a traffic signal or when stuck in traffic and about 55% have fiddled with the music system in such situations.
The survey found crashing their vehicle, hitting an animal or pedestrian and congestion are the most common causes for stress and anxiety among drivers. Interestingly, while in the case of Australia 40% respondents were worried about crashing into an animal, in India about one-third of respondents are stressed about “hitting a pedestrian”.
santanu dash (Bargarh)
It is fact about Indians. But if guided properly than Indian will break all records.
Vasant Moharir (Zoetermeer)
Unless infrastructure in major metro cities is improved this contrast with other countries like China, Philippines or Australia will continue. Though the government gets a substantive revenue from car owners for using the roads and buying petrol, not much of it seems to be used for improving road system in major cities. It is easy to get driving licenses in some cities even without taking the test. Increase in traffic deaths is , therefore, not surprising. The Automobile Associations in India along with the big car owning community needs to negotiate on this with the government. Vasant Moharir
drvni drvni (California)
One has to see the misery of the car drivers on the streets of Hyderabad.