If you believe you are a safe driver, you are in good company. According to a recent study from the artificial intelligence firm, Netradyne, 91% of drivers think they drive more safely than other motorists on the road.
Many components go into being a safe driver. Still, the safest motorists understand that exercising additional caution is sometimes necessary. Here are four situations when you probably want to be extra careful behind the wheel.
1. Passing near pedestrians
Pedestrians can be unpredictable. Consequently, when you drive near them, you should assume someone may dart into traffic or otherwise create a potential hazard.
2. Maneuvering through construction zones
Construction zones are dangerous places for motorists, pedestrians, workers and others. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 27,000 individuals died in construction zone accidents between 1982 and 2017.
3. Slogging through congested traffic
If you drive in heavily populated areas, you undoubtedly encounter congested roadways. You should not let slow-moving traffic lure you into a false sense of security, though. After all, if there are more cars on the road, you have a greater chance of colliding with one.
4. Driving in inclement weather
Minnesotans tend to take pride in their winter weather driving abilities. Still, when roads are icy, reducing speed and increasing focus are effective ways to avoid a serious motor vehicle accident.
Of course, inclement weather does not only occur during cold winter months. To stay safe behind the wheel, you must prepare yourself for driving in rain, fog, sleet and all other weather conditions.