We know, we know: you’re the best driver in the tri-state area. Had your parents only strapped you into a go-kart at age eight, you’d be outpacing Sebastian Vettel on a Formula 1 course. Perhaps, though, that’s just a heavy dose of driver hubris. A new survey from insurance company Allstate reveals that the majority of drivers overestimate their skills behind the wheel.
The survey of 1000 American adults found that 64 percent think they are “good” or “excellent” drivers. Tellingly, only 29 percent were willing to give the same praise to their friends. And residents of neighboring states were also slated, with 53 percent of respondents saying out-of-state drivers are “average” or “poor” behind the wheel.
Survey respondents almost universally agreed that teens and senior citizens are poor drivers. Sorry, grandma. That also may explain why so many voters want stricter rules regulating teenage drivers.
Even though drivers tend to overestimate their own abilities and look down on those around them, Allstate found that most drivers admit to poor driving practices. Eighty-nine percent of drivers say they exceed the posted speed limit, 34 percent have sent an email or text message while behind the wheel, 45 percent admit to driving while “excessively” tired, and 15 percent of drivers confess that they’ve driven while intoxicated. We’d strongly advise against any of those behaviors.
And as for car crashes? Though 56 percent of survey respondents had been involved in an accident, just 28 percent said the incident was their fault.
So — still think you’re a good driver? Think again.