Our brain is notoriously bad at assessing modern risks and here are some that is related to driving.
- We overestimate chance of big catastrophe happening and underestimate risks in everyday events. After 9/11, many opted to drive instead of getting on a plane resulting in more accidents knowing that driving is actually far more dangerous than flying.
- We substitute one risk with another. This risk compensation caused drivers of ABS-equipped vehicles to drive more aggressively. Same thing happens when we wear seat belts.
- We take more risk if (we think) are in control. It feels less dangerous if we are given the choice to decide how much to risk. The reason why I always choose to drive myself.
There are many more scenarios where we misjudge the odds of danger. Check out this article if you would like to know more.