Is navigating distracting? And are you comfortable asking for directions?
According to the 2014 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 47% of NW driver think cell phones are more distracting than GPS. And NW men fit their stereotypes: they rate themselves higher than women do for sense of direction, and fewer will ask for help with directions. How about you?
Are you a fair-weather frolicker, or do you play rain or shine?
According to the 2014 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 63% of Northwest residents say they play outdoors at least twice a week. Yet 20% often decide against it if the weather is wet, and 51% sometimes say “never mind.” Dayhiking is our most popular activity. How about you?
Do you see many distracted pedestrians? And are you one?
Back when you attended your high school prom, did you drink?
What would you change if tolls are collected on both I-90 and 520?
Do you text and use a cell phone while driving, despite the law?
According to the 2014 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 11% of NW drivers admit they text behind the wheel, and 14% use a hand-held phone, even though both are illegal. Also, 29% of drivers admit they text while stopped at a red light, which is illegal. How about you?
Drivers, how often do you see aggressive behavior on the road?
According to the 2014 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 59% of NW drivers deny they drive aggressively, but 37% say they see others do it 10+ times per month. And 86% say they ‘always’ use turn signals, but see only 4% of other drivers do the same. How about you?
Are you comfortable driving in snow and ice?
According to the 2013 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 54% of NW drivers say they’re comfortable driving in snow and ice, and 64% of E. Washington drivers answer that way. Yet only 41% in the NW carry chains, and 53% have never installed them. How about you?
Do you light your home with old-style or LED outdoor holiday lights?
Do you think service and therapy dogs belong in stores and restaurants?
According to the 2013 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 89% of Northwest residents think trained service dogs belong in stores and restaurants, far fewer favor therapy dogs, and 8% say no dogs. Period. Also, 42% prefer to own a dog over a cat (28%). How about you?
Was your first car older, and short on safety equipment?
Do you still keep and use a landline phone at home?
Do you celebrate July 4 by lighting or watching fireworks?
Drivers, do you leave a note if you hit a parked car?
Drivers, do you offer excuses when pulled over by police?
Parents, how well have you child-proofed your home?
Do you drive while you're distracted?
Do you idle your car unattended, or drive with an icy windshield?
Do you believe it’s possible that Sasquatch exists?
Will the I-5 Columbia River toll change your driving habits?
Do men, and red cars, cost more to insure?
Have SR 520 bridge tolls changed your driving patterns?
Are you a polite driver? How about the other guy?
Do you know and help protect your neighbors?
Do you prefer to pump your own gasoline?
Young residents often ill-prepared for household emergencies
Northwest drivers getting familiar with bicycle boxes at intersections
ID theft concerns Northwest residents
Oregon parents strict on teen drivers
Are hybrid vehicles a Northwest rarity?
Survey hints, perhaps we’re not so ‘green’ after all
According to the 2012 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, fewer than 2% of Northwest drivers own a hybrid vehicle, though more than half would consider buying one the next time they shop for a car. How about you?
If a neighbor’s tree falls on your house, whose insurance covers it?
Most get it wrong: it’s your own insurer, most often
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 60% of people incorrectly believe that if it was the neighbor’s tree that fell, the neighbor’s insurance covers the damage. But in most cases, your own insurer pays.
Do you use a hand-held phone while driving?
“Yes,” say 31% of Portland-area drivers
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 26% of those drivers also admit they text while driving. One-third of all Portland drivers think phone offenses warrant more than the existing $142 fine. Do you agree?
Do police allow a speeding “buffer zone?”
“Yes” say NW drivers, and 43% say it’s 5 to 9 mph
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 59% of Washington and Oregon drivers believe police allow them to speed on freeways, with most (50%) saying you’re allowed up to 4 mph over the limit. What do you think?
Do you put your kids in the back seat?
Drivers know that's safest, but just 43% see it in practice
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 80% of Washington drivers know that NHTSA says young kids should ride in the back seat, but they think less than half of drivers do that regularly. What’s been your experience?
Do you conserve fuel when driving?
Poll shows saving money, not ‘green,’ motivates most
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 83% of Northwest drivers conserve fuel on the road because they want to save money, not to lessen pollution, and 91% make an effort to improve their mileage. How about you?
Do you “keep left except to pass”?
Poll: Many are unaware left-lane camping is illegal
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 43% of Washington drivers don’t know that driving in the left lane and impeding traffic is more than just annoying to other drivers – it can earn you a ticket. Are you a left lane camper?
Do you burn recreational fires at home or in parks?
Poll shows many think they’re illegal during burn bans
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 80% of residents think burn bans include recreational fires, but that’s not always true. And 10% of people light recreational fires 10 times or more per year. How about you?
Do you think it’s possible Sasquatch exists?
Do you shred sensitive documents and unwanted mail?
Poll shows 81% of Washington residents say ‘yes’
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 84% of people have installed security software on their computer. But people under age 35 take fewer steps to protect against identity theft in general. How about you?
Do you conserve water around the home?
Do you use freeway HOV lanes illegally?
Poll shows 27% of Puget Sound-area drivers say ‘yes’; speed harmonization sometimes ignored.
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, only 22% of drivers comply with variable speed limits right away, and 22% say you can’t be ticketed for not complying. How about you?
Are you comfortable driving in the snow?
Poll shows 58% of Washington drivers say ‘yes’ whether they live east or west of the Cascades.
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 58% of drivers also say they’re safer than most others with their snow-driving ability, though less than half have ever installed chains on their own car. How well do you drive in snow?
Are you a jaywalker?
Poll shows nearly one-third of Washington drivers admit they cross streets illegally as pedestrians.
According to the 2011 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 31% of drivers admit they cross the street outside of crosswalks or against the signal. For those under age 35, it’s 43%. Are you a jaywalker? And are the fines fair?
How polite are Washington drivers?
Poll shows that compared with a year ago,
drivers are more aggressive, less polite.
According to the 2010 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, there’s a 6-point increase in aggressive driving since 2009, especially among women. Yet drivers still think their own driving is more polite than others’. What do you think?
Do you want red-light cameras in your community?
Do you believe they change driving behavior?
Poll shows mixed sentiment for adding more cameras.
According to the 2010 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll,
64% of drivers think cameras are effective in decreasing
violations, while 29% want no more cameras installed. Many wrongly believe these red-light tickets go on their records. What do you think?
Do you agree with the fine for texting while driving?
Do you think the $124 fine is fair, too low, or too high? Poll shows most Washington drivers support the law.
According to the 2010 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll,
83% of drivers support the anti-texting fine, and in fact,
about 40% said the $124 fine should be higher, while 30%
support a higher cell-phone fine. What do you think?
Do you know the traffic laws for sharing roads with bicyclists?
Will the SR 520 toll change your driving habits?
Parents, do you enforce the intermediate license law?
Do you use your cell phone while driving?
What’s your blood-alcohol limit?
Poll shows Washington drivers know their limits for how much they can drink and still drive safely
According to the 20010 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, motorists in our state know how many alcoholic drinks they can consume before it’s unsafe for them to drive. How about you?
What prevents costly car repairs?
What causes the most home claims?
How polite are Washington drivers?
Poll shows Washington drivers believe they’re more polite, less rude than "the other guy"
According to the 2009 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, women consider themselves to be more-polite drivers than do men, and everyone thinks that other drivers are far more rude or erratic than themselves. How about you?
Do you text-message while driving?
Poll shows most Washington drivers admit to reading, sending messages behind the wheel
According to the 2009 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, of those drivers who use electronic devices, 18% admit to texting while driving, up from 6% in 2008. Yet more and more people are concerned with texting. How about you?
Would you bring your own shopping bags?
Poll shows most Seattleites oppose paying a tax for using paper or plastic grocery bags.
According to the 2009 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 71% of Seattle-area residents oppose paying a 20¢ bag tax and 54% opose even a 5¢ bag tax. But 88% likely would bring their own bags if the tax law passes. How about you?
Do you know 4-way-stop traffic laws?
Poll shows older Washington drivers are more savvy to urban driving laws.
According to the 2009 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 96% of drivers age 55 and older correctly understand who has the right-of-way at intersections, compared with only 84% of drivers 35 and younger. How about you?
Are you an uninsured renter?
Poll shows most renters have no insurance to protect their personal possessions.
According to the 2009 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 58% of renters in Washington have no coverage for things like furniture, appliances, clothing, and electronics. And few have ever inventoried their stuff. How about you?
What would you do differently if 520 is tolled?
Poll shows most people would drive other routes rather than carpool, ride the bus, or telecommute
According to the 2009 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 47% of Seattle-area drivers would simply take I-90, one-fourth would drive north around the lake, and just one in 10 would carpool more often. How about you?
Do you like the new cell phone law?
Poll shows fewer Washington drivers
now support a “primary offense” law
According to the 2008 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 50% of drivers (down from 60% earlier) think hand-held cell-phone users should be ticketed without having committed a more-serious offense. How about you?
Do you feel safe in your neighborhood?
Poll shows that despite safety concerns,
few people have joined a block watch
According to the 2008 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 57% of Washingtonians worry about neighborhood safety, but only 8% have joined a block watch, and 89% haven’t joined a Night Out event. How about you?
Are you vulnerable to identity theft?
Poll shows 79% of Washington residents shred their sensitive documents
According to the 2008 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 50% of Washingtonians are “extremely” or “very concerned” about having their identities stolen. Yet just 31% have installed locking mailboxes. How about you?
Does cell phone law fall short?
Poll shows 60% of Washington drivers support a “primary offense” citation
According to the 2008 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 60% of Washingtonians think the new July 1 law banning cell phones while driving doesn’t go far enough. Even more oppose text messaging. How about you?
Do you shred unwanted mail?
Poll shows 16% of Washingtonians shred none or almost none of it
According to the 2007 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, only 25% of Washington residents shred all of their unwanted mail. Also, 25% have never requested a copy of their credit report. How about you?
Do you speed while driving?
Poll shows 46% of Washington drivers exceed the speed limit often or sometimes
According to the 2007 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, nearly half of Washingtonians speed while driving. But they do so less frequently now than two years ago. And many speed simply to keep up with traffic. How about you?
Should hand-held cell phones be banned?
Poll shows 85% of Washington residents want restrictions on cell use while driving
According to the 2007 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, two-thirds of Washingtonians believe talking on a cell phone while driving should be a primary offense, meaning drivers could be ticketed even if they’re not violating any other laws.
Do you hire casual laborers?
Poll shows many Washington homeowners take chances with unlicensed, unbonded workers
According to the 2006 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, of those Washington homeowners who hire third parties for home repairs, one in 10 put themselves at risk by hiring casual laborers. Do-it-yourself homeowners need to be more discerning, too.
Renters, are you vulnerable?
Poll shows most renters aren't insured; many misunderstand renter's insurance
According to the 2006 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, more than half of Washington renters have no home insurance. One-third mistakenly believe it's too expensive, while many others don’t know renter’s insurance can cover belongings in their car.
Do you need rental car insurance?
Poll shows some people buy insurance they might not need
According to the 2006 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, almost half of Washington drivers have rented a car in the past three years, and 20% of those bought insurance that potentially could be duplicate coverage.
Do hybrid cars save you money?
Poll shows expectations might not be realized soon
According to the 2006 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 38% of licensed Washington drivers who plan to buy a new vehicle are likely to buy a hybrid car. Of those, nearly half would do so to get better gas mileage and because "it would cost less."
Is your home holiday-safe?
Leaving lights on and burning candles puts Washington homeowners at risk
According to the 2005 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 20% of homeowners sometimes or always leave their indoor holiday lights on when they leave the home. Also, nine out of 10 homeowners use indoor holiday lights.
How fire-safe is your home?
Many Washington homeowners fall short on fire safety
According to the 2005 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 55% of homeowners store their fire extinguishers in a risky location. Also, only 24% of homeowners who use a fireplace clean their chimneys each year.
Do you check hoses and water lines?
Poll shows many Washingtonians fail to do simple home maintenance
According to the 2005 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, four out of 10 homeowners fail to perform simple maintenance, often resulting in costly water-damage claims. Broken washing-machine hoses and other water lines are the No. 1 cause of PEMCO homeowner claims.
Do you speed to go with the flow?
Poll reveals why drivers feel the need to speed
According to PEMCO Insurance’s 2005 Northwest Insurance Poll, 51% of Washington drivers speed often or sometimes. Of those, 9 out of 10 say they do so to keep up with the flow of traffic, or it’s because they don’t pay much attention to posted speed limits and find themselves going too fast.
Cell phone usage and driving
Majority of Washington drivers want changes in cell phone laws
According to PEMCO Insurance’s 2005 Northwest Insurance Poll, four out of five Washington drivers believe that talking on cell phones while driving should be legal only with hands-free devices, or made illegal altogether.
Do you enforce teen-driving restrictions?
Parents and teens have a lot to learn before getting behind the wheel
According to a recent survey commissioned by PEMCO Insurance, nearly one-quarter of Washington state residents are unaware of the Intermediate Driver's License law, commonly called graduated licensing. And although parents of teen drivers have much greater awareness of the law, 16% of them don't enforce it.