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.
Exactly one year ago, on October 6, 2018, a stretch limousine suffered a catastrophic brake failure on a long hill near Schoharie, NY, and at the point where it eventually ran off the road and crashed it also hit two pedestrians. Those two people, plus the 18 in the vehicle, were all killed.
The original “Three E’s” of road safety* are still perfectly valid, even though more categories have now been added, but one of the originals — Enforcement — is my own career background and is therefore of particular interest and importance to me.