Summary of “unsafe at all speeds”
Unsafe at all speeds is a descriptive essay that sheds light on the human nature of drivers. The author questions the correlations between the tendencies for accidents and reality. The author first identifies loopholes in the government systems of issuing, revoking, and renewing driving licenses. The author wonders whether governments are lenient on careless drivers and identifies errors among drivers or impairments to be the sole cause of accidents. The author laments over characteristics that predispose people to crashes, such as using the mobile phone while driving.
Additionally, the author identifies other causative factors for road accidents such as overconfidence, cognitive bias, and the cost of cars. The author recognizes that road accidents are dependent on such factors which initially seem insignificant or independent. With the aid of qualitative research, the author sheds light on conventional notions on driving. With his postulations, the author finally identifies driverless cars as the solution for road accidents. The author acknowledges that road accidents take place because of inherent human attributes if people drive.
Nader, R. (1966). Unsafe at any speed. New York: Pocket Books.