How many times have you cursed the driver who just cut you off for being an idiot? Or the one that sailed by you on the highway doing 50 over the speed limit. You’ve known it all along – nobody knows how to drive (except you, of course). And now there’s proof – the 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test survey found that nearly 1 in 5 licensed drivers wouldn’t pass a written drivers test exam if taken today. And when you crunch the numbers, that’s a lot of idiots – around 38 million Americans.
Its sixth year running, the survey polled 5,202 licensed Americans from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Drivers were asked to answer 20 questions that were taken from state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exams. The findings show that 20 percent of currently licensed drivers would have failed the test, and the average score of 76.2 percent is down slightly 76.6 percent in 2009. The findings overall indicate that most motorists lack basic rules-of-the-road knowledge.
Some scary stats include the one where 88 percent of the drivers polled couldn’t identify the correct action to take when approaching a steady yellow traffic light (and no, it’s not gunning the gas pedal and ripping through it). Other interesting findings show that men scored better than females on both average scores (78.1 percent male versus 74.4 percent female) and failure rates (24 percent female versus 18.1 percent male), and the older the driver, the better the score. Kansas drivers ranked highest (82.3 percent average score) while New Yorker came in last.
You can test your own driving smarts at www.gmacinsurance.com, where you can take the survey, play a driving game and challenge friends to top your score.