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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about seven out of 10 Americans drive while talking on their mobile phones.
Listen kids, if you thought it was tough to get your driver’s license in America, wait until you see China’s test. Sure it’s filled with questions on road laws, dangerous chemicals and safety concerns, but some of these questions are ridiculous.
Traditional true or false sections are replaced with right or wrong statements and some of them make sense, for example:
“When a motorized vehicle breaks down on the expressway, the persons on board should swiftly move to the front of the vehicle for hiding.”
After looking through the 120 page document of test questions and answers, there are a few that are a bit more puzzling.
One question that shows the strict nature of the driving laws in China states:
“When a motorized vehicle is on the road, the people inside the vehicle are not allowed to stick their heads out of the window but may stretch their hands out of the window.”
So drivers and passengers may never get the chance to feel the wind blowing through their hands as they drive on a warm summers day… But our heads? Sure!
The sign in the picture means _______.
B. No passing for all motor vehicles
C. No tailgating
D. Accident-prone section
Thanks for the heads up…
[Source: The Globe and Mail]
More info out recently says that those most likely to be distracted behind the wheel are well-educated, well-off drivers, according to a poll commissioned by InsuranceQuotes.com.
The poll, which was for InsuranceQuotes.com by GfK Roper, a division of GfK Custom Research North America, found that these drivers are the most distracted ones on the road. Their research found that 93 percent of the affluent drivers report they engage in texting, talking on a cell phone and even kissing.
And with all that stuff going on, you know there’s going to be consequences. InsuranceQuotes.com found that four in 10 American adults who are licensed motorists said that being distracted while driving caused them to swerve into another lane, slam on the brakes, get a ticket, almost get into an accident, or have a minor or major wreck.
The numbers went up for drivers who have a college degree (49 percent) and for drivers who earn at least $75,000 a year (43 percent). This section of polled drivers comes in with the highest numbers among drivers from all income and education levels covered in the poll.
“The InsuranceQuotes.com poll on distracted driving indicates that people who have brains and bucks are more likely to be the motorists you see who are eating, reading or even kissing behind the wheel,” said John Egan, managing editor of Bankrate Insurance, which owns InsuranceQuotes.com. “It appears that well-to-do, well-educated Americans are multitaskers at work, at home-and in the car.”
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.