3 Out Of 4 Americans Think They’re Safe Drivers

Think you’re a safe driver? If so, you aren’t alone. Most drivers consider themselves just that according to a new study from Esurance. But Esurance asks, are they really. Its study found many drivers may not consider distracted driving behavior like tuning the radio or eating in the car while driving as unsafe driving behavior.

76% of Americans think they’re safe drivers

Esurance, owned by Allstate, polled 2,000 drivers over the age of 18 in a survey conducted in March 2019. It asked respondents to rate their driving safety on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the least safe and 5 being the safest. 76 percent of respondents gave themselves either 4 or 5 stars.

But citing 40,000 fatalities on U.S. roads in 2018, Esurance suggests the roads aren’t as safe as those results suggests. Furthermore, it suggests people are overconfident about their driving skills and think they are safer drivers than they really are.

People Admit To Unsafe Driving

Here’s how researchers came to that conclusion. Esurance found that while most drivers rated themselves as safe drivers, more than 90 percent also admitted to unsafe driving practices, like fiddling with the navigation, eating, speeding, texting, running yellow or red lights, and tailgating.

  • 26 percent of drivers admitted to engaging in not only one, but multiple unsafe driving behaviors.
  • Additionally, 93 percent of respondents admitted to engaging in at least one unsafe driving behavior.

Driving risks Americans take most

Here are the most uncommon unsafe driving behaviors drivers ‘fessed up to during the survey:

  • Changing the radio or navigation (57%)
  • Eating behind the wheel (37%): This action can increase the likelihood of getting into a crash or near-miss collision by 39 percent.
  • Speeding (24%): Speeding alone causes almost 10,000 annual fatalities
  • Sending Text Messages (9%)

Esurance says according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are approximately 481,000 passenger vehicles being driven by someone using a cell phone at any given time.

To see the study click here.
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