A new study finds that while many motorists have a high opinion of their driving skills, the reality may be quite different. The study finds that many drivers remain unaware of basic safety rules, including road signs, and have a much more elevated opinion of their own driving skills than the reality, thereby increasing their auto accident risks.
The results of the study were released by insurer Progressive. The company focused on 599 motorists, and these motorists were asked questions about their driving skills and knowledge. The results of the study clearly find a gap between drivers’ knowledge of motoring safety including basic road signs like those related to school safety, and the reality on the roads.
For instance, the results of the study finds that an overwhelming majority or 94% of the drivers were able to identify a sign for a lane ending. However, only 65% were able to identify a school crossing sign correctly. This lack of knowledge is extremely dangerous. Driving safely and lowering speed limits in school zones and around school crossing areas is absolutely imperative, and failure to identify these signs can increase the risk of car accidents involving child pedestrians.