Most Americans say they're good drivers but rate other drivers, including their close friends, as fair or poor drivers, according to a new survey commissioned by Allstate Insurance.
Almost two-thirds, 64 percent, of respondents rate themselves as "excellent" or "very good" drivers, but only 29 percent rate their close friends so highly, and 22 percent rate "other people" as very good or excellent drivers.
Others whom American drivers rate lower than themselves include:
• Teenagers: Eighty-one percent rate them as "average" or "poor" drivers.
• Seniors: Seventy percent of respondents give them comparatively low scores.
• Parents with young children in the car: A third of drivers rate them as "average" or "poor" drivers. Even most drivers who have their own young children give low ratings to fellow parents while rating themselves as good or excellent drivers.
Among all drivers surveyed, men are more likely to rate themselves as "excellent" than women (36 percent versus 26 percent), as are college-educated drivers (35 percent) compared to those with no degree (28 percent). Republicans also rate themselves higher (70 percent) than Democrats (61 percent) or Independents (61 percent).
A troubling number of respondents admit to dangerous driving practices, including more than a third who have sent a text message or email while driving, 15 percent who say they have driven while intoxicated and 45 percent who say they've driven when excessively tired--to the point of almost falling asleep.
Poor driving habits lead to accidents, insurance claims and increased car insurance rates.
The results are based on a telephone survey of 1,000 American adults conducted by Financial Dynamics for Allstate in July, with a plus or minus 3.1 percent margin of error.