On an average summer afternoon on your average hourlong commute, I demonstrated some above-average driving skills that were so impressive, I could hardly believe what a good driver I had become.
I was driving on Interstate 96 in Michigan and attempted to change lanes. I had passed a car on my right and was about to move in front of that car, when in a split second, I saw a large recycling bin directly in my path, straddling the line between the lanes.
Before I could even register what was happening, I swerved back into my original lane. "Amazing," I thought. "I am such a good driver."
I was test driving a 2018 Volvo XC60. As a juror for the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, I get behind the wheel of every new car eligible. Volvo has been layering more safety and semiautonomous driving technology into its vehicles in the past few years as part of its goal to have zero fatalities in Volvo vehicles by 2020.