Optimism Bias

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 & Prevention43(4), 1309-1315. 

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