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GMAC Rates American Drivers

This is an excerpt from Worst Drivers in America By State on AOL’s Wallet Pop:

GMAC’s sixth annual survey quizzed more than 5,200 licensed Americans from across the country on their driving knowledge and New York drivers fared the worst for the second year in a row, with an average score of 70 percent. That’s more than six percentage points below the national average score of 76.2 percent. New Jersey residents shouldn’t laugh too loudly at their neighbor’s expense. Garden State drivers finished second to last. Kansas, on the other hand, proved to be the best place to drive with a score of 82.3 percent. Oregon, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska drivers were also among the best performers on the survey.
Overall, though, the findings were pretty dismal. The study found that “nearly 1 in 5 licensed drivers — roughly 38 million Americans — would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today.” A whopping 85 percent could not identify the correct action to take when approaching a steady yellow traffic light (hint: it involves the brake pedal). Many drivers also remained uncertain about safe following distances.

Nationally, the average score slipped from 76.2 percent from 76.6 percent. “When analyzed regionally, the results reveal that drivers in the Northeast may not be as road-rule savvy as their Midwestern counterparts,” according to GMAC’s press release. “The Northeast had the lowest average test scores (74.9 percent) and had the highest failure rate (25.1 percent). The Midwest region had the highest average test scores (77.5 percent) and the lowest failure rates (11.9 percent).”

Some other notable trends: Older drivers outperformed younger ones and men did better on the test than women but also flunked it at a higher rate. One-in-four drivers admitted that they did “distracting behaviors” such as selecting music on their iPhones, applying make-up or reading, though only 5 percent admitted to text-ing while driving.

(See full article from WalletPop: http://srph.it/ahqOZM)

2010 GMAC Insurance Driver’s Test Results

(Ranked in order of worst drivers by state to best drivers by state)
Scoring is from 1 to 100 on a 20 question test.

1. (WORST) New York – 70.0
2. New Jersey – 70.5
3. Dist. of Columbia – 71.9
4. California – 73.3
5. Rhode Island – 73.8
6. Louisiana – 74.1
7. West Virginia – 74.8
7. Hawaii – 74.8
9. New Hampshire – 74.9
9. Kentucky – 74.9
11. Florida – 75.2
12. Mississippi – 75.6
13. Pennsylvania – 75.8
13. Massachusetts – 75.8
15. North Carolina – 75.9
15. Arkansas – 75.9
17. Texas – 76.0
18. Connecticut – 76.3
19. Illinois – 76.6
20. Georgia – 76.7
21. Alabama – 77.1
22. South Carolina – 77.2
23. New Mexico – 77.3
24. Virginia – 77.5
24. Ohio – 77.5
26. Maine – 77.6
26. Delaware – 77.6
28. Colorado – 77.8
29. Utah- 77.9
30. Vermont – 78.1
30. Nevada – 78.1
32. Maryland – 78.2
33. Tennessee – 78.3
34. Wyoming – 78.4
35. Arizona – 78.5
36. Missouri – 78.8
37. Michigan – 79.0
38. North Dakota – 79.1
39. Oklahoma – 79.3
40. Wisconsin – 79.4
40. Washington – 79.4
42. Alaska – 79.8
43. Montana – 80.0
44. Idaho – 80.1
45. Indiana – 80.4
46. Nebraska – 80.5
47. Iowa – 80.8
48. Minnesota – 81.1
49. South Dakota – 81.2
50. Oregon – 82.1
51. (BEST) Kansas 82.3

See full article from WalletPop: http://srph.it/ahqOZM

Florida – where I am living now – is the 11th WORST state in the nation. . . .

May 27, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Cultural, ExPat Life, Florida, Law and Order, Living Conditions

5 Comments »

  1. I think it will only get worse as states are giving up driver’s ed in the schools due to funding cuts–pushing the responsibility back on the parents. I had to teach my younger daughter drivers ed with an approved course (from Texas) in order for her to get a license. The way it is formatted leaves it on an honor system for the parents that they are in fact doing the course and it takes a lot of time. I suspect there are a lot of BillyBobs who are getting their licenses after their parents sign off on stuff that doesn’t really get done. She didn’t even have to take a driving test–just a written test to get the learner’s permit! I just had to certify that she met the requirements of the course and did all the driving it required.

    Comment by momcat | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. LOL, lucky you, Momcat, as your state rates among the safest. 🙂 We also taught our teenager, but I think we sent him to driver’s ed in summer school, which was paid for by us . . . are there summer school classes in the WA schools?

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. Washington still has it but I’m not sure how it works. I see the Driver’s Ed cars at the school and driving around. I was appalled at Texas tho.

    Comment by momcat | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. Of course, I am proud that Minnesota is ranked so highly!! Must be that higher quality of life there.
    And you wonder why I am nervous driving in Kuwait…

    Comment by nwbrown | May 31, 2010 | Reply

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