Nationwide survey of 2,000 Americans point to
increased anxiety over driving safety and preparedness as a state
of "revenge travel" and "new normal" comes into play
CHICAGO, June 23,
2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Cobra Electronics, the leading
designer of award-winning automotive, mobile and consumer
electronics including dash cams, radar detectors, CB radios and
more, today released a nationwide study of American driving habits
that have emerged post-pandemic. Coming at an inflection point of a
"new normal", the findings point to a clear increase in road
anxiety as more Americans feel the pandemic has spurred people into
driving more unsafely. In tandem, American's still feel that need
to travel – with road trips on the rise now more than ever.
"Like every other aspect of our lives, driving has changed
significantly in the past two years – and with it has brought a
clear need to be better prepared sharing the road with other
vehicles," said Gail Babitt, CEO of
Cedar Electronics (parent company of Cobra Electronics). "As we
emerge from the empty roads at the beginning of the pandemic to the
current 'revenge travel' we're seeing this summer, it's important
for today's drivers to invest in the tools to feel safe and
confident behind the wheel – whether it's a dash cam, jump starter,
or anything else for those 'just in case' moments."
The findings came from a nationwide survey of 2,000 Americans,
independent from Cobra Electronics customer base, conducted in
June 2021. Among the study's
- The pandemic has increased Americans feeling more anxious on
the road: 65% of respondents claim to feel more anxious in
vehicles now compared to before the pandemic, with over half of
drivers "always" or "often" feeling anxious about other drivers'
behavior. This may come as a result in a finding that points to the
average American having at least three "close calls" in the past
two years alone.
- Three in five Americans agree the pandemic has made people
drive more unsafely: This may be why a similar percentage (62%)
say it's more important to drive safely now more than ever.
- Over half of Americans wouldn't know what to do if their
vehicle broke down: Showing a need for more education around
common automotive tools like tire inflators, jump starters, battery
chargers and more.
- In tandem, lack of vehicle preparation remains the top
challenge people face when driving long distances: Followed
closely behind by weather hazards and/or vehicle mechanical trouble
(34% each). This explains why over a quarter of respondents would
be willing to sacrifice a day of their weekend if it meant they
could ensure a smooth trip.
- Despite uneasiness, road trips are still increasing compared
to pre-pandemic levels: Even with gas prices skyrocketing,
"revenge travel" is emerging – with over half of American's
planning on taking more road trips this summer compared to
The findings of Cobra Electronics' full study can be found here.
Cobra's full lineup of driver safety tools including dash cams, CB
radios, walkie talkies, radar detectors and more can be found
About Cobra Electronics
Cobra Electronics is a major brand of Cedar Electronics, a
global supplier of connected automotive and consumer electronics
solutions. Cobra's award-winning product line-up for driving safety
includes connected radar detectors, smart dash cams, power
solutions, walkie talkies, CB and marine radios, and accessories.
Its connected driver community and sensor-based network unlocks
over 50 million vehicle-to-vehicle and shared alerts annually from
speed traps to red light camera locations. Leveraging its 50-year
history of producing high-quality, reliable, and dependable
solutions, Cobra extends the Cedar Electronics mission to empower
people to Drive Smarter and Safer. To learn more please visit
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