Most of the people attribute car accident to ‘bad luck’ without recognizing that luck or sheer coincidence is a minor factor in car accidents. Most of the car accidents are a result of human folly, but still if you talk to most people who drive, a majority of them consider themselves to be excellent drivers.
A survey conducted by Allstate Insurance in 2011, highlights this tendency among drivers to rate their skills higher than they actually are. 64% people who were polled in the survey identified their driving skills as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. When the question asked was tweaked a little bit, only 29% of the people who took the survey rated their friends as very good drivers. This survey shows that drivers are more likely to attribute an accident to bad luck than the mistakes made by them.
If we have to reduce the numbers of car accidents that take place, the first thing we need to do is to stop over estimating our driving skills. There are also a variety of ways through which you can reduce the probability of getting involved in a car accident –
- Health Condition– A of people don’t account for the ailments they might be suffering from which can affect their driving while estimating their driving skills. If you are suffering from a disease that hampers the way you drive or taking medications that make you drowsy, it’s best that you stop driving till the time you have fully recovered.
- New Driver – You might be a new driver, mostly a teen, who lacks the necessary skills and experience to drive a car. If you evaluate your driving skills objectively and come to the conclusion that your driving skills might not be up to the mark, it’s strongly suggested that you enroll yourself at a driving school or take classes with a driving instructor. Your instructor will also let you know when you have attained the skills level required to be driving on your own.
- Location Change – If you have recently shifted base from a sparsely populated area to a densely populated city or from a warmer location to an extremely cold place, chances are that you don’t have the necessary skills to drive in the changed location. Whenever you find yourself in such a situation, it’s a good idea to take some driving classes that focus on navigating in the city or driving in the snow etc.
- Near-Misses – If you have recently had a near miss or you narrowly escaped a car accident or your friends and family are apprehensive of driving with you, it is a strong sign that you don’t have good driving skills. Giving up driving for a few days, practicing driving at open spaces and enrolling yourself for driving classes are the different ways through which you can improve and get your confidence back.