I was reading on another forum about a guy who rear-ended the girl in front of him because:
1) It was on a section of road where he hadn’t seen traffic backed-up in 16 years, so he wasn’t expecting it;
2) the girl (brand new 16yo driver) saw the stopped traffic after a curve and slammed on her brakes about 200 yards (according to the guy) behind the stopped traffic, so he wasn’t expecting a car to stop like that, based on his 30 years of driving. These two factors resulted in him rear-ending her.
This came across to me as an example of how his “experience” driving worked against him—never seen traffic there before and not expecting a car to stop suddenly 200 yards behind stopped traffic. (To me, being an experienced driver means to always expect the unexpected, and he admits he was probably tailgating by safety standards, but you get where I am going here, I hope.)
So, what other types of situations could experience work against you...hopefully with better examples than my own...?