Wednesday 19th October 2011
Be Wiser Insurance

Many drivers say that they feel safer when behind the wheel of their car than when travelling by train, plane or ferry, despite being substantially more likely to die. More than two thirds of all respondents to the survey said that driving was one of the modes of travel that made them feel safest.

A sixth said that it made them feel more secure than all the other choices. This is despite motorists saying that they knew driving is one of the most hazardous forms of transport. This compares to just one in four who said that they felt safer on planes, one in ten who said that they felt safest on ferries and one in six who felt safest on trains.

We all feel safer in our own vehicles because we feel we are in control of the situation and research has shown that when people feel safe they are more likely to take risks.

"Drivers clearly have a false sense of invulnerability when driving a car, which they actually know isn't real," said a spokesperson.

"If people deceive themselves about the inherent dangers of driving this may explain incessant risk-taking on the road and the daily death toll. About nine out of ten crashes are due to driver error."

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