Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
quote: More seriously, this is like saying, "We'd never have any mistakes if people didn't make any mistakes." We don't live in a world where you can count on anywhere close to a majority of the people on the road being skilled drivers in well maintained vehicles. I live in a world where I can count on a good percentage of the people on the road to be grumpy, not paying attention, and unskilled. Also, and this is totally anecdotal, I've noticed that many people who consider themselves skilled drivers "make up for it" by driving much more aggressively/dangerously. Skill != safety. I'd consider adherence to standard rules of the road more important than skill.
quote: My dad made me drive in mud and on snow before I ever even got my learners permit
quote: But really, we do need to make it more difficult to get a drivers license