Illusory superiority can lead to overconfident drivers


Illusory superiority can lead to overconfident drivers

Most people think that they are great drivers. These drivers think that they always make the right decisions and every other driver is generally in the wrong. The chances are good that you think that, too. In 2013, a study emerged that indicated the average driver considers themselves in the 70th percentile of drivers based on ability. Since this is mathematically impossible, as the average driver should fall in the 50th percentile, then we know that something is occurring that is causing drivers to have a skewed perception.

Illusory superiority is the phenomenon that causes us all to think that we are better drivers than the majority of people on the road. Without a universally accepted scale on which to rate driving capability, we tend to consider our skills to be that bar to which all drivers strive to attain.

Nearly everyone thinks they are a good driver

It might be easy to say that drivers who follow all the traffic laws are good drivers. However, how many times have you been frustrated by the car in front that insists on driving the exact speed limit? We might say those good drivers are the ones who never have a wreck, but this could be the simple result of dumb luck. In reality, we all have our own set of standards about what makes a good driver.

If you consider yourself to be a good driver, keep in mind that the majority of people you share the road with do as well, even that guy who weaves in and out of traffic while doing 30 miles per hour above the speed limit.

But remember that just because you may not be as good a driver as you think, you may not be a bad driver either. You may not be negligent or reckless or drive drunk. Unfortunately, though, other people driving in Illinois might be. If you become an accident victim due to another driver’s poor judgment or negligence, you might be able to obtain compensation for your medical costs, lost income and other economic and noneconomic losses.

After an accident, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.