50% of road accidents involving young drivers are caused by deliberate risk-taking behaviours
despite this, most participants rated themselves as ‘somewhat more’ skilled than their peers, and ‘somewhat less’ likely to have an accident.
Neither a hazard perception test nor a driving test reduced their self-belief
We often believe we are less likely to experience a negative outcome than other people.
See the full study here :
White, M. J., Cunningham, L. C., & Titchener, K. (2011). Young drivers’ optimism bias for accident risk and driving skill: Accountability and insight experience manipulations. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 43(4), 1309-1315.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2011.01.013