Greek drivers are attached to their cars with 54 percent of those questioned stating that their car was more necessary to them than their cell phone, when questioned by Lease Plan Hellas in a study held in collaboration with TNS ICAP. Though the average driver criticizes other drivers who use cell phones while driving, the same driver may admit that they may do the same when behind the wheel.
The economic crisis does not seem to have changed driver habits with 22 percent of drivers stating that tax exemptions are an important reason to acquire an eco-friendly car with less emissions, and 55 percent stating that they would use such a car so as to relieve their conscience regarding pollution caused by car use. Despite the high cost associated with the maintenance of their vehicles, Greek users are not interested in car sharing as a way to cut costs. The majority of drivers stated that they would not be comfortable sharing their car with strangers, and just 17 percent of drivers state that it would be “interesting.”
The majority of drivers (56 percent) said that they would not want to share their company car, whereas 17 percent placed themselves in favor. An overwhelming 74 percent said they would not share their car even if it meant a large cut in expenses.
Cars are the main form of transport for 80 percent of those questioned. Despite the high number, the figure has fallen from last year’s survey that placed car transport at 93 percent. Following cars, most Greeks prefer to walk (11 percent), ride a motorbike (5 percent), bicycle (3 percent) or use a taxi or train (both at 1 percent). Bus travel did not score a high rating despite the fact that it has a wide network when it comes to public transport.
Greek car buyers look at car brands (49 percent) when making their choice, and the cost of the car was a second consideration (47 percent) followed by the cost of fuel the car would need (39 percent).
Greek drivers are annoyed by other drivers who use their cell phones while driving, drive too slowly or fail to give warning signals until the last minute or are distracted while driving. Aggressive drivers are considered among the most annoying, whereas drink driving and speeding are considered the main causes of car accidents. Despite knowing that it is dangerous, 55 percent of those questioned admitted that they sometimes go over the speed limit.