Why Bad Roads Are Good For Us, Part 4: Better Driving Skills?

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Why Bad Roads Are Good for Us
Test of a Google Driverless Car

A human still sits inside this Google “driverless” car as it navigates a test course.

Defensive driving is defined as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” Those conditions include our bad roads.

Can driving bad roads make us better defensive drivers?

The National Safety Council developed its first defensive driving course in 1964 and now offers a wide range of courses online and onsite to improve knowledge and skills. We all know that there’s no teacher like experience. Many hours behind the wheel, navigating many different conditions, make many people better drives. Navigating bad roads make us better defensive drivers, but the jury is still out on that—I don’t know of any rigorous studies on the topic.

Driverless cars may be the answer, based on a study of Google’s autonomous cars in Nevada and California. Their conclusion: “Data gathered from Google’s self-driving Prius and Lexus cars shows that they are safer and smoother when steering themselves than when a human takes the wheel.”

Bring the driverless cars to Michigan, I say—that’s where the real test would be!

Do bad roads make us better defensive drivers?

How would Google’s autonomous vehicles do on the streets in your area?

What do your friends think?

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