‘The Most Likely To Go’: A new study finds most Americans would be comfortable driving a tractor
More than 80 percent of Americans say they would be willing to drive a tractor, and a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says a large majority would have a lot more fun driving a truck.
The report, titled The Most Likely to Go: A New Study of Truck Driving, also found that Americans are more likely to trust their driver than their vehicles.
It also found a strong correlation between driver ratings and insurance rates, as well as a positive relationship between drivers’ expectations of their insurance companies and their actual insurance rates.
“Drivers have very positive expectations of insurance,” said IHS Director of Research Christopher Dauterive.
“When drivers feel good about their driving, they’re more likely than the general population to purchase insurance.”
Drivers who think their driver rating will improve in the future have a lower probability of having a vehicle purchased by their insurance company than drivers who are not positive about their rating.
And that’s why a big part of the IIHS survey, conducted with more than 400 truck drivers, is focused on driving safety and driving in general.
“We found a lot of drivers who were in a very positive mood, and those drivers are the most likely to purchase an insurance policy,” said Dautersaid.
“They have a high confidence in their driving skills and they’re going to purchase more insurance.”
Dauterivesaid the IIS survey found that drivers were about half as likely to take a trip to the doctor as the general public.
“If you go to the doctors for a preventive health check, they get about half of the drivers,” said IIHS Director Dautereive.
The survey also found the average insurance premiums for trucks and SUVs are about $1,100 per year, or about $13,000 for an individual driver.
For insurance companies, the average premium for a commercial driver in the top 10 percent of income earners is about $20,000 per year.
“It’s hard to say whether the drivers in the bottom 10 percent are going to drive for a company or if they’re just not going to take the risk,” said Dr. David Davenport, director of the Institute for Transport, Policy and Governance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
But, he added, “I don’t think that there is a lack of interest in driving for companies, and there is an interest in buying insurance.
That’s just a fact of life.”
The IIHS said there is no clear evidence that a large number of drivers have a more favorable attitude toward driving.
In general, the IIH found that when drivers were asked about their expectations for their driving and their insurance rates they said they were more likely, on average, to purchase a commercial vehicle.
But the IIFS survey also showed that drivers who thought their driver ratings would improve in time were more than twice as likely as those who did not to purchase their own insurance.
“People say, ‘I want to get out of the car and see if I can make the most of my experience,’ ” said Davenports.
“And if you look at drivers who have a good driver rating, they do seem to buy insurance.
They buy insurance for the rest of their lives.”
The researchers also found drivers who expected to improve their driving in the next year were significantly more likely in the general U.S. population to buy their own vehicle.
“The average driver said they expect to improve a lot in their rating in three to four years, and this increase in satisfaction is very consistent with their drivers’ predictions,” said the IIhs report.
“Our research is a wake-up call to drivers that the quality of their driving is important.
And it can change in three years.”