Everyone drives like a muppet apart from me
I think you will find it’s a thing called confirmation theory, people start to regard the way they drive as safe based on not having an accident despite carrying out dangerous manouevres, but because they repeatedly get away with the risk taking it confirms to them they are ok.
I would like it noted I did not claim to be a good driver in my responses on that thread, but I did point out that more people claim to be above average which is statistically impossible, as at best most people can be just average.
Be also interesting to know of those replying how many have undertaken any further training.Posted 4 years agoshermer75Member
I’ve been reading through the speed limited car thread and one thing I’ve noticed is that the majority of the replies are based around everyone being a bad driver apart from the person replying, who considers them self to be a very good driver. If I’m being honest I have, at times, felt a bit like that myself. It doesn’t seem possible for everyone to be right because if everyone is driving as well as they think they are, then there is no one left on the road to be a bad driver.Posted 4 years ago
So I my question is this: what is it about driving cars that brings this kind of opinion out in people?martymacSubscriber
im a professional driver, therefore I have demonstrated on several occasions to the dsa that I can drive to a high standard (4 driving tests, all passed at the first attempt).Posted 4 years ago
ive never had an accident in the car or bike, although I have had a couple of non blame scrapes in the bus.
I have no points on my licence, and I have never had any.
I would class my skills as average, I get tired and make mistakes the same as everyone else does.
+1 nedrapiers comments above, we all notice driving worse than ours.
I’m an alright driver, allround. Rubbish at reversing. I consider myself above average but only because I have a really low opinion of the average- I’d like to be better and I’d like just about everyone else to be better. But I’ve got about a hundred thousand miles in various quick and slow cars and motorbikes, not a conviction or a claim, for whatever that’s worth.
FWIW I think if you cycle on the road much in busy places it’s impossible not to have a low opinion of other road users. Every couple of days someone’ll pull some outright dangerous maneouvre but it’s the background-level of basic incompetence and disinterest that gets under my skin.Posted 4 years agoshermer75Member
I suppose I was wondering what it was about cars, more than any other area if your life, that brings out what must be an unrealistically high opinion of yourself and unrealistically low opinion of everyone else. Maybe it’s because they effectively endow you with a superpower, as in the ability to ridiculously fast?Posted 4 years agopslingSubscriber
Everyone’s perception of being a good driver is different. Northwind mentions having 100,000 miles under his belt as an indication of experience; to some drivers that’s 2 or 3 years driving! The one thing I notice as I get older is that I drive more slowly, read potential dangers better and drive accordingly. To a lot of younger drivers that makes me a bad driver because I’m holding them up; their reactions are quicker and they’re invincible. Me, I’ve been to too many funerals. A lot of drivers believe good car handling skills make you a good driver. On the track maybe but not on the road, it requires a whole lot more to drive safely on the road.Posted 4 years ago
Another thing I’ve noticed over the years is the plethora of road signs advising/instructing what to do next. People don’t have to read the road any more, it’s like driving by numbers! And, when something goes wrong it’s always someone elses’ fault!
I often cringe and give myself a good talking to at some of the stupid things I still do though. Maybe that’s the problem, even when we learn by ours and others mistakes, we’re too stupid to remember what we’ve learnt and still (occasionally!) drive like a muppet.popstarMember
My guess you can claim as if you had seen the big picture about driving only if you had driven all types of vehicles, bicycles, motorbikes, cars, trucks and buses. Not only on A roads, but on motorway and in heavily congested with badly parked vehicles in busy highstreets. Inevitably you will see whats driving is all about and how it differs from -single category- champions of express comuting with best and always right attitude to actually sensible and safe drivers.Posted 4 years ago
Those in the know would never proclaim themselve as best or higher echelon drivers. We all do mistakes, sometimes mistakes can lead to small scrapes and sometimes to very fatal consequences.IanMunroMember
. A lot of drivers believe good car handling skills make you a good driver. On the track maybe but not on the road, it requires a whole lot more to drive safely on the road.
There’s a pilot axiom that goes something along the lines of –Posted 4 years ago
“The superior pilot uses their superior judgement to avoid using their superior skills”singletrackmindMember
On my speed awareness course 14 out of the 16 freely admitted 75 – 80 was their normal motorway speed . Only me and a girl said 65 on most motorways , and only 1 person said they drive slower in the wet .Posted 4 years ago
Country lanes in NSL all but 1 person said 60+ .
1 Guy actually thought cars had right of way over pedestrians
Me . Im below average . I dont concentrate enough , get distracted and my mind wanders . I get angry with muppetry far too easily , and detest seeing other car drivers being twatish towards cyclists.maxtorqueMember
Generally for two main reasons:
1) If your not racing it’s an entirely subjective assessment.
2) The examiner is also the pupil
So, when asked “Are you are good driver” pretty much anyone can answer “yes”.
Compare that to a similar skills game, playing snooker. If someone asks you “can you play snooker well” then immediately you have a frame of reference ( geddit 😉 ) that is objective. If you pot more balls than your opponent, you are better than them. No simple system of driving skill determination exists unfortunately. (well actually it does, but most people have never done it so it may as well not exist)Posted 4 years agojfletchMember
I’ve ready traffic.
The best bit is where it explains why, upon seeing a “lane closed ahead” sign it is idiotic to immediately try to get into the remaining lanes if your lane is still clear.
It also confirms that the special kind of tossers who think it is their duty to block said clear lane for everyone else can **** right off back to wherever their misplaced sense of supiriorty came from.Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
I hope but do not represent myself to be better than average. mainly because I find the south such a depressing place to be on the road. I also actively Work on improving my driving by focussing on anything I think is becoming an area of complacency or weakness. This might be in response to a situation I have encountered or by just trying to be dispassionate about how I have driven over a period of time. Eg I might spend a week targeting blind spot Checks if I think I have become a little lax or fuel economy if I think my planning skills need a tweak.
By doing this I aim to keep my driving up to a standard that keeps me and everyone else I encounter as safe as possible. Do I care if that’s better or worse than average? No I care that I drive to the best standard I can and that I keep learning.Posted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
I must be closing in on a million miles of driving, have no points (had 3 years ago) and have had a minor 50/50 bump at a traffic Island.
Does that make me a good driver? No idea – it makes me an experienced driver though and the majority of the time I use that experience to drive well imo. Sometimes I don’t drive to the best of my ability though – not 100% concentration, tiredness, distraction, maybe the odd bit of recklessness. I’m not perfect at many other things either.
This place is full of sanctimonious tits though who’d have you believe that they are model citizens, so no wonder that they seem to think that their driving is faultless and everyone else’s isn’t.Posted 4 years agotwoninerMember
I would consider myself a good driver although I do have my moments like everyone.
I’ve passed my test in 6 categories and done numerous courses that include Skid cradle instructor, driving instructor and blue light training. The main thing that all them have taught me is to read the road ahead, that’s something that many drivers cannot do. You have to do this for other drivers on the road because they are driving with their heads up their asses and you have to anticipate their next move.
You do on the other hand, have many drivers that have total disregard for other road users.
As I say, I’m not whiter than white and I have my faults, I got 6 points for speeding once!Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
i think i am an ok driver, no where near perfect, i don’t think anyone is. People are people and do make mistakes.
I just despair at the “gods” who never make mistakes, who multitask, etc.
Everyday i see drivers do things that are either dangerous, illegal or often both. How many drivers actually drive to the conditions? Maybe i am over cautious in fog? but when cars come past at 80-90 with seriously crap visability you have to wonder.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I think it stems from knowing what your doing but not necessarily knowing what others are doing. Pull out into a gap barely big enough nailing the throttle, you are a driving god, but from the rest of the worlds viewpoint you are a bit of a douche. Multiply that kind of action by several times a journey (both ways, positive view of your own skill, negative every time someone does it to you) and it’s easy to see why some people who really are dangerous start to believe they’re better than average.
Me? I’m pretty crap, I occasionally tailgate (well, more refuse to brake till the last minute, if the traffic slows I’ll go easy in the expectation that it’ll pick up again before I reach it, and if it doesn’t, then brake harder) and have on occasions driven whilst dangerously tired.
Don’t speed (much), do stick to 65-70 on the motorway, do leave big gaps (hence being able to brake late then get accused of being too close), do actually check the car over before big journeys.Posted 4 years ago
psling – Member
Everyone’s perception of being a good driver is different. Northwind mentions having 100,000 miles under his belt as an indication of experience; to some drivers that’s 2 or 3 years driving!
Yeah, to be fair I thought the OP had asked for that info, that’s what comes of doing two things at once. My history is nowt in car terms but it’s pretty unusual on fast bikes these days.
My dad insists he must be a great driver because he’s driven a million miles, he did half it in the distant past and the other half on motorways and now he keeps driving into things in Tesco car parks.Posted 4 years ago
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