It is both a sad and dangerous fact that the majority of people who use roads — and who doesn’t? — very mistakenly assume that they know a lot about road safety. However, taken overall, it is a very complex subject about which only a very few top experts even come close to knowing it ‘all’.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [IIHS], lawmakers in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York are considering raising their maximum speed limits. However, IIHS research shows that in the USA between 1993 and 2017 such increases killed almost 40,000 additional people.
In all North American countries the law is literally one-sided: ‘drive on the right.’ But in our corporate ‘defensive’ and ‘advanced’ driver training courses at Advanced Drivers of North America, we are very frequently asked which is safer — driving on the left or the right.
Even on the fringes of road safety, most people now understand that we should use the word ‘crashes’, not accidents, but there are many other important topics where there is still confusion and inaccuracy. This includes the proportion of crashes that are — quote — ’caused’ by driver error, or less accurately, human error.