Friday, February 15, 2013
Do you think you are a good driver?
Someone told me this morning that he was a bad driver. How often do you hear that? Usually people think they are great.
I don't even drive--never have, except for three ill-fated lessons, of which the less said the better.
In a study commissioned by Ford, 99% of those surveyed thought they were good drivers, even though 76% eat or drink behind the wheel, 55% speed, 53% talk on a handheld phone, and more than a third drive when overtired.
This does not even count reaching around to position or discipline kids, or putting on makeup, or having sex.
In the survey group, 57% had an accident or close call from someone in their blind spot. Almost half almost hit someone when backing out of a parking space.
There are devices to block incoming calls, block top speeds, and so on--but only a third of people know this.
Drivers did say how about a device to signal when someone is in my blindspot. It's a start.