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If American licensed drivers were required to retake the driver’s test today, one in five would not pass, according to results of the 2011 GMAC Insurance National Driver’s Test. 18 percent of the country’s total licensed motorists lack knowledge of some basic rules of the road.
Motorists were asked what to do when approaching a steady yellow traffic light, 85 percent could not identify the correct action. As well, only 25 percent of respondents understood the concept of a safe following distance.
In total, 5,130 motorists were surveyed ranging in age from 16-65. Surprisingly men performed better than women, earning an average score of 80.2 percent, while women scored 74.1 percent.
New York state no longer ranks last, moving to 45th place, while the District of Columbia has now earned last place (one out of three of all drivers in New York and Washington failed).
[Source: The New York Times]
Do you like to slow down when you see a car crash? If so, then you’ll love our “Worst of Show” from the 2010 SEMA Show.
Scissor doors? Check. Purple Interior? Check. Chrome paint? Check. And those cars have nothing on the Hulk-themed donkmobile above. A Mecca for the automotive tuning industry, SEMA brings together some of the best and some of the absolute worst modified cars on the planet. And with so many other outlets picking their “Top 10″ we thought we’d share a selection of the cars of the SEMA Show that just make our Vodka Redbulls from the night before rise up out of our collective stomachs.
We’ll admit that some aren’t entire abominations and in fact many are beautiful cars that have just been ruined by a few small mods. We also tried to be fair and shoot more than just the DUB Show Live cars. (That would have been too easy).
Overall, there were fewer disasters this year than in the past, which we theorize has to do with how the recession has hurt the automobile electronics industry. All the in-car entertainment companies were still present at SEMA, but absent were the blinged-out Scion xB stereos with wheels.
But enough with the talk, get a load of the carnage below. Sometimes the term “Epic Fail” just isn’t strong enough.
GALLERY: 2010 SEMA Show, Worst of Show
Check out AutoGuide’s Best and Worst of the SEMA Show Video after the jump: