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Americans Think They Are Better Drivers Than Everyone Else on the Road

When it comes to their own driving abilities, Americans do not suffer from a lack of self-esteem. They have a high opinion of their own...
August 9, 2011

When it comes to their own driving abilities, Americans do not suffer from a lack of self-esteem. They have a high opinion of their own driving abilities and a low opinion of everybody else's.

A survey by Allstate found that two-thirds (64 percent) of American drivers rate themselves as "excellent" or "very good" drivers. American drivers' positive self-rating is more than twice as high as the rating they give to their own close friends (29 percent  "excellent" or "very good") and also other people their age (22 percent).

Drivers also think they do a good job but don't think much of the driving ability of people from surrounding states. Nationally, 53 percent rated drivers in nearby states as "average" or "poor," while just eight percent rate those drivers as "excellent" or "very good."

Survey results show that drivers in the Northeast and South are more critical of drivers from neighboring states, with 58 percent from both regions ranking them as "average" or "poor," while drivers in the Midwest and West are less likely to rate them as average or poor, at 44 and 50 percent, respectively. And in the battle of the sexes, among all drivers surveyed men are more likely to rate themselves as "excellent" than women (36 percent versus 26 percent).

Read more on driver's ratings: Drivers Think They Are Better Than Everyone Else (Pottstown PA Mercury 8/4/11)