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AXA ROAD USER BEHAVIOR SURVEY 2015: 2 out of 5 “Gen Y” Road Users Readily Use Their Mobile Phones While Driving, Despite Being Aware Of the Dangers

December 3, 2015 |

• 2 out of 5 of “Gen Y” road users aged 18 to 29 readily use mobile devices while driving
• Road users continue to engage in driving habits which they perceive as not dangerous

AXA Insurance Singapore released its findings from its Road User Behaviour Survey 2015 today.

The Survey revealed how pervasive technology is and its influence on driving habits, particularly among young adults. 85% of drivers aged 18-29 perceive frequently checking their mobile devices while driving as dangerous, yet 2 in 5 drivers admitted to engaging in such behaviour.

This commitment reflects the Group’s profound attachment to the values of hospitality, freedom and human rights that are those of Europe and our democracies.

Gap between perception of and engagement in dangerous driving habits
Road users continue to engage in driving habits despite perceiving them as dangerous. For example, 85% of all drivers perceive using their mobile phones while driving as dangerous, yet 37% of drivers – a decrease of 2% versus last year – admitted to answering the phone without a hands-free kit.

Drivers unaware of dangerous driving habits
The survey also found that an increasing number of drivers were not aware that certain driving habits were actually dangerous. 52% of all drivers surveyed did not think that speeding was dangerous. Furthermore, 38% of drivers did not find crossing double white lines to overtake cars ahead dangerous driving behaviour – this was a 5% increase versus 2014.

Lack of awareness about road safety rules
There also appeared to be a lack of awareness about road safety rules. Only 11% of drivers of light and heavy goods vehicles knew the legal speed limits on expressways, while 85% of all road users were not aware of the legal alcohol limit.

AXA Road User Behaviour Survey 2015
While road accident-related fatalities have decreased 8%, road accident-related injuries have increased 8% over the past three years . Creating greater awareness of dangerous driving habits is potentially key to reducing traffic accident-related fatalities. Identifying the gap between perceived and actual driving habits helps AXA continue its commitment to improving road safety.

This year’s Survey reached out to 526 road users, ranging from private car owners, taxi drivers, motorcyclists to heavy and light goods vehicle drivers and owners.

Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer of AXA Singapore, Ms Kwek-Perroy Li Choo said, “The use of mobile phones in our daily lives is second nature to us. With the Survey, we hope to remind people about the potential dangers of using your mobile phone while driving. Drivers should be persuaded to stay focused on the road during their journeys, especially since most trips around the city on average take 15 to 30 minutes. Avoiding being distracted by their mobile phones for that period of time could mean safer roads for all.”

More information on the Road User Behaviour Survey 2015 and AXA’s commitment to road safety can be found at www.axa.com.sg.

About AXA in Singapore
With presence as early as 1969, AXA operates in both entities of Life Insurance and General Insurance in Singapore. AXA offers a wide range of products, catering to the needs of individuals and companies.

AXA Insurance is the No. 2 general insurer in Singapore. It ranks No. 2 in Health, Marine Cargo and Motor insurance in the Singapore general insurance market.

About AXA Asia
AXA Asia is a market leading insurance player offering a differentiated composite proposition in Life and General Insurance with operational presence in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. AXA Asia is part of the AXA Group, headquartered in Paris and a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management with a presence in 59 countries. AXA Asia is committed to creating a sustainable, long-term business for our employees, customers and shareholders.

About the AXA Group
The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 157,000 employees serving 103 million clients in 59 countries. In 2014, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 92.0 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 5.1 billion. AXA had Euro 1,277 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2014.

The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISN FR 0000120628 – Bloomberg: CS FP – Reuters: AXAF.PA). AXA’s American Depository Share is also quoted on the OTC QX platform under the ticker symbol AXAHY.

The AXA Group is included in the main international SRI indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD.

It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.

*Fatalities: 168 (2012); 154 (2014). Injuries: 9,106 (2012); 9,834 (2014). Land Transport Authority, Singapore Land Transport Statistics in Brief 2015 & 2013, http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/publications-and-research.html

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