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Two-thirds believe they are better drivers. Survey reveals complacency commonplace. According to the If insurance company, the national survey conducted by YouGov, also shows that whilst only three percent of all motorists believe that they are worse than others, a not so staggering 75 percent of male Norwegian drivers believe they have above average skills behind the wheel. The driving experts can only shake their heads. “It’s especially youths and men in their 30s and 40s who believe that they are world champions, but you need at least four to five years before you have learnt to drive a car,” Finn Harald Amundsen, the head of the Public Road Administration’s (Vegdirektoratet) Traffic Safety Section tells dagsavisen.no.The other driver

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Two-thirds believe they are better drivers

Published on Tuesday, 14th July, 2009 at 22:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 31st July 2009 at 20:44.

Survey reveals complacency commonplace.

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According to the If insurance company, the national survey conducted by YouGov, also shows that whilst only three percent of all motorists believe that they are worse than others, a not so staggering 75 percent of male Norwegian drivers believe they have above average skills behind the wheel. The driving experts can only shake their heads.

“It’s especially youths and men in their 30s and 40s who believe that they are world champions, but you need at least four to five years before you have learnt to drive a car,” Finn Harald Amundsen, the head of the Public Road Administration’s (Vegdirektoratet) Traffic Safety Section tells dagsavisen.no.

The other driver

The claims forms do not lie, though.

“When we read the accident report forms, it’s almost always the other motorist who was at fault because he didn’t drive with due care and attention, slammed his brakes on, or was driving too fast,” says Kurt Isak Undereidet, If’s motor claims department’s chief expert.

He believes that Norwegian motorists would be wise to acknowledge their limits instead.

“Most traffic accidents could have been avoided. Major accidents almost never occur as a result of faults on the vehicle. Most of the time it’s driver error.”

The figures

And here is what the 2,000 who answered the survey thought:

·         21 percent believed they are very good drivers,

·         46 percent thought they are better than average,

·         31 percent regarded themselves as average,

·         The remainder thought they were either worse than average, or very bad drivers.

 Drive carefully now, won't you?




Published on Tuesday, 14th July, 2009 at 22:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 31st July 2009 at 20:44.

This post has the following tags: motorist, drive, carefully, men, if, insurance, company, survey, yougov, good, drivers.





  
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