Drivers 'overestimating ability'

A new study suggests that many motorists may be dangerously over-confident in ranking their driving abilities over that of fellow road users.

Road safety charityBrake said just 1% of nearly 800 people it surveyed think they are worse than the average driver, despite the fact that two-thirds worry about being killed on the road.

Most motorists think they are safer than or at least as safe as the average person, although only 1% believe the roads are full of people who drive safely. Just over a third reckon dangerous motorists outnumber safe ones on the roads.

The study also found that 31% of people feel driving a car is the safest way to travel, but only 5% think they are most secure being a car passenger.

According to Brake, the findings suggest that many motorists overestimate themselves, while blaming risky driving by others for road crashes.

It added that in reality, a high proportion of drivers continue to regularly end up speeding, drink-driving or driving when tired, risking accidents and highcar insurance premiums in the future.

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend said: "Being over-confident, and believing you can get away with risk-taking, is a really dangerous attitude behind the wheel. If you drive, you have a responsibility to yourself and others to stay within the law."

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