DrivingIf you think you're the best driver on the road, you're not alone. The majority of American drivers think they are No. 1 when it comes to operating a car. Nearly two-thirds of drivers rate themselves as "excellent" or "very good," according to a new survey from Allstate Insurance.

But your friends and neighbors are kind of lousy when it comes to backing you up. Americans rated fewer than a third of their friends as excellent or very good drivers. And out of state drivers? Fuhgeddaaboutit. More than half of Americans think good driving ends at their state border, rating out-of-state neighbors as only average or poor.

Driving Fast and Distracted

Digging into the data, it seems that observers may be better judges than drivers themselves. For example, 90% of all drivers admit to speeding. Men also rate themselves as better drivers than women, yet are more likely to speed. (Some 48% of men said they speed, compared to 30% of women, according to the survey).

"People totally forget how to drive," says Jonathan Theodore, who runs a defensive-driving program and an insurance-consulting group in New York state. In many states, taking a defensive-driving program every few years can reduce insurance premiums. "You get your license when you are 16 or 17 and people forget the basics about proper merging and lane changing, and proper speed."

While law enforcement is cracking down on doing things such as texting and calling while driving, distractions remain a top hazard. Seven out of 10 drivers admitted to slamming on the brakes suddenly or swerving to avoid an accident because of an in-car distraction, according to the survey.

What is a driver to do? Be a defensive driver, Theodore says, which means defensively operating your vehicle despite the mistakes others are making. So don't eat a sandwich, apply lipstick or turn around to discipline the kids. "Driving itself is multitasking," he says. "Your eyes are moving back and forth and you're looking in the rear-view mirror."

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Nina

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January 12 2012 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dahst

I'm posting this while sppeding down the highway proving I'm the best driver

August 03 2011 at 11:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rogsuehull

The women are the crash experts in our family yet it is never their fault? Men have less distractions, unless they are using their cell phone.

August 03 2011 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ilm9p

No, it's never a broad's fault when they wreck the car. The birth canal I'm married to has wrecked three of the five cars she's ever owned. Stupid cow does it again I'll make her ride the bus.

August 03 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed Coyne

"Men also rate themselves as better drivers than women, yet are more likely to speed. (Some 48% of men said they speed, compared to 30% of women, according to the survey)."

All that says is that women are liars.

August 03 2011 at 6:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rogsuehull

My wife speeds all the time, but she will not admit it

August 03 2011 at 9:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mizdixie9

Our kids have learned that if I hear any road noise in the background my response to them is call me back when you're parked and then I will quite rudely hang up on them. Took hanging twice in a row on one of them before she believed I was serious.

August 03 2011 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alucky1128f8@aol

AND FOR ALL YOU TEXT NUTS, YOU ARE GOING TO KILL SOMEONE TEXTING AND DRIVING, YOU NUTS ARE THE WORST !!!!!!!!!. HANG UP AND DRIVE !!!!!!!!!.

August 02 2011 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
alucky1128f8@aol

YES, INDEED I'M THE BEST DRIVER ON THE ROAD AND THE ONLY ONE WITHOUT A PHONE IN MY HANDS !!!!!!!. HANG UP AND DRIVE !!!!!!!!!!.

August 02 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan

Most Americans do not how to drive properly. Making a left turn into the right lane or a right turn in to the left lane. Changing lanes without using turn signals,( using turn signal in general is very very poor). Reversing into a opening on a street would be something the majority would not be capable of do.

August 02 2011 at 8:48 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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rogsuehull

Nobody in Indiana uses their turn signals. I even saw a cop do it last week. Please use your turn signals so I can see what you are going to do.

August 03 2011 at 9:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tyler

There is alwayst someone behind me yapping on the phone or looking down at something - probably texting. Then again, I drink coffee while I drive.

August 02 2011 at 8:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mhwyman7

For the Last time, Anyone who drives slower than me is an idiot, Anyone who drives faster is a maniac! LOL

August 02 2011 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply