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Old 05-27-05, 03:35 PM
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States with the dumbest drivers

Survey ranks states with dumbest drivers
Test shows 1 in 10 licensed U.S. drivers don't know basic rules. In the East, 20 percent fail quiz.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - When faced with a written test, similar to ones given to beginning drivers applying for licenses, one in ten drivers couldn't get a passing score, according to a study commissioned by GMAC Insurance.

The GMAC Insurance National Driver's Test found that nearly 20 million Americans, or about 1 in 10 drivers, would fail a state driver's test if they had to take one today. GMAC Insurance is part of General Motors' finance subsidiary, GMAC.

More than 5,000 licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 65 were administered a 20-question written test designed to measure basic knowledge about traffic laws and safety. They were also surveyed about their general driving habits.

Drivers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states did worst. Twenty percent of test-takers failed there.

The state of Rhode Island leads the nation in driver cluelessness, according to the survey. The average test score there was 77, just eight points above a failing grade.

Those in neighboring Massachusetts were second worst and New Jersey, third worst.

Northwestern states had the most knowledgeable drivers. In those states, just one to three percent failed the test. Oregon and Washington drivers knew the rules of the road best. In Oregon, the average test score was 89.

According to the study, many drivers find basic practices, such as merging and interpreting road signs, difficult.

For instance, one out of five drivers doesn't know that a pedestrian in a crosswalk has the right of way, and one out of three drivers speeds up to make a yellow light, even when pedestrians are present, the study said.

Drivers not only lack basic road knowledge, but exhibit dangerous driving behavior as well.

"As a nation of drivers, we've made little progress in the past 10 years to curb some of the most dangerous driving behaviors, including drinking and driving and speeding," said Susan Ferguson, senior vice president of research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

One out of 10 drivers regularly exceeds the speed limit by 11 or more miles per hour, with drivers aged between 18 and 24 years showing the greatest propensity for speeding, the study said.

Speeding increases both the likelihood of an accident and the severity of the crash, the company added, citing research from IIHS.

Younger drivers are the most likely to fail a written driving test while those between the ages of 50 and 64 are the most likely to pass.

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New York (CNN/Money) - These are the average scores on a 20-question driver's test administered to more than 5,000 licensed drivers in a survey commissioned by the GMAC Insurance.

Nation -- 82.7

1. Oregon -- 89.4

2. Washington -- 88.4

3. Iowa -- 87.7

4. Idaho -- 87.5

5. Wyoming -- 87.4

6. Vermont -- 86.6

7. Nebraska -- 86.5

8. Wisconsin -- 86.3

9. Montana -- 86.2

10. West Virginia -- 86.2

11. Minnesota -- 86.1

12. North Dakota -- 85.6

13. North Carolina -- 85.2

14. Indiana -- 85.1

15. Alabama -- 84.7

15. Virginia -- 84.7

15. Nevada -- 84.7

16 Missouri -- 84.7

19. Ohio -- 84.3

19. South Dakota -- 84.3

21. Colorado -- 84.2

22. Kansas -- 84.0

23. Michigan -- 83.8

24. New Hampshire -- 83.7

25. Tennessee -- 83.4

26. Maine -- 83.2

27. Arkansas -- 83.1

27. South Carolina -- 83.1

29. Georgia -- 82.9

29. New Mexico -- 82.9

31. Oklahoma -- 82.8

32. Texas -- 82.7

33. Utah -- 82.6

33. Arizona -- 82.6

35. Mississippi -- 82.5

35. Delaware -- 82.5

35. Kentucky -- 82.5

38. Pennsylvania -- 82.1

39. Louisiana -- 81.7

40. Illinois -- 81.6

41. Florida -- 81.1

42. Connecticut -- 80.9

43. California -- 80.4

44. Maryland -- 79.8

44. Washington, D.C, -- 79.8

44. New York -- 79.8

47. New Jersey -- 78.3

48. Massachusetts -- 77.2

49. Rhode Island -- 77.0
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33. Utah -- 82.6
This would have been 100%, but when the section on "Turn Signals" came up, everybody just wrote "WTF?"
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I guess Hawaii doesn't count?
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Old 05-27-05, 03:43 PM
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10. West Virginia -- 86.2

Around West Virginia

15. Virginia -- 84.7
19. Ohio -- 84.3
35. Kentucky -- 82.5
38. Pennsylvania -- 82.1
44. Maryland -- 79.8

Personally I think the test is flawed. Ohio should be somewhere between 45 and 50
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I'm amazed that New Mexico is above average.
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I guess Hawaii doesn't count?
Hawaii has roads?
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i'm suprised New Jersey isnt up in the top 3.. those ppl are the worst driver i ever seen... no turn signals

what a good for nothing state, all it is is traffic circles, tolls, and jack booths (strip clubs) .. ok 1 out of 3 aint bad..
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Originally Posted by oppie1
i'm suprised New Jersey isnt up in the top 3.. those ppl are the worst driver i ever seen... no turn signals

what a good for nothing state, all it is is traffic circles, tolls, and jack booths (strip clubs) .. ok 1 out of 3 aint bad..
If you read the first article, New Jersey is rated as the third worst state behind Rhode Island and Massachussets.
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I have no idea how North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey drivers aren't at 0%. Around the DC area, it's mainly them that have no clue what the fuck they're doing.... that and the Mexicans... j/k!!!!
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Originally Posted by Lemdog
Hawaii has roads?
Just how can Hawaii have an Interstate highway?
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Originally Posted by LorenzoL
If you read the first article, New Jersey is rated as the third worst state behind Rhode Island and Massachussets.

touche...

ok, i'm a retard, thanks for pointing it out

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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
I'm amazed that New Mexico is above average.

Are you sure about that?
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Originally Posted by Groucho
This would have been 100%, but when the section on "Turn Signals" came up, everybody just wrote "WTF?"
That is so true. Honestly, when I bought my first car, I was surprised that turn signals here in Utah weren't an optional upgrade.
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Old 05-27-05, 04:34 PM
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Maryland being one of the dumbest is not suprising...good christ people act like rain is fucking fire and brimstone or something...as soon as a drop hits they are pulled towards a guard rail.
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Originally Posted by LorenzoL
1. Oregon -- 89.4
Ask a damn hippie on a bike what a stop light means...
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One of the highlights in Alaska is the morning of the year's first freeze. Lots of people go outside and watch all the accidents for entertainment. So many drivers forget how to drive on ice during the long six week Summer.
You can pick a busy intersection and see several cars sliding into each other all day.
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Speaking of driving tests, my older son recently turned 16. He went to the driver's license office to take the written test, and he managed to miss the "Name" question right off.

So Texas could be going down on this list in the future.
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I remember some of the questions from my driving test to be difficult if you didn't read the driver's manual. For instance, I was asked how much jail time you get on your second DUI offense.
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Yeah, some of the questions are pretty tough if you don't read the manual first. I still say they should automatically flunk people if they get certain questions wrong... like what to do at a red light or stop sign. I mean, theoretically you could miss both of those on your test and still pass, right?
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Originally Posted by Lemdog
Personally I think the test is flawed. Ohio should be somewhere between 45 and 50


Any state where a "sun delay" is accepted as a normal part of the morning commute automatically fails in my book. If the sun is shining in my face, my first course of action is putting on sunglasses or lowering the visor, not slamming on the brakes. I seem to be the only person here who read that part of the manual.
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I'm shocked Nevada is so high in the list.

Not shocked that California is so low in the list.
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Originally Posted by LorenzoL
Nation -- 82.7

1. Oregon -- 89.4

2. Washington -- 88.4

4. Idaho -- 87.5
Finally, for once, Pacific Northwest kics a$$...
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In Wisconsin, they have a name for drivers from Illinois: Illinidiots . It's nice to see that backed up in print (Wisconsin #8, Illinois #40). Recently I was driving East between Madison and Milwaukee. There were tons of idiots on the road. But as soon as I passed the sign "This exit for Chicago" almost all the idiots went away!

In Connecticut, drivers from Massachusetts are referred to as Massholes. Not neccesarily stupid, but not thinking the traffic laws apply to them. Though its pretty much the Boston area drivers that earn that moniker.

At least in states I've lived in, I'd rank them like this (from best to worst):

Wisconsin
North Carolina: normally ok, but god help you if there's snow or ice
Pennsylvania: The site of one of the stupidest things I've seen. I was on a single lane road, with gravel on the right shoulder. I was being tailgated something fierce, even though I was going about 10 mph over the limit myself. When I stopped at a red light, the guy behind me blew by me on the gravel shoulder, running the light, and giving me the finger for good measure. I'd have been angrier, but I was too
California: they go fast, but didn't strike me as having the sheer insanity of some other states
Connecticut: lots of NY and MA plates make things tough. I still remember this one car going ballistic on me because I was stopped at a red light -- there was a "no turn on red" sign. They wanted to turn, but I was in front waiting for the green. I thought they were about to get out of their car and attack me, the way they were yelling at me out of their windows. Another funny incident in CT: just a regular intersection near my home. When the light turned green, I had to slam on the brakes to avoid getting hit by a car running the red well after it turned. I thought the car looked familiar, but it didn't hit me until I got home -- it was my roommate! He later confessed: "Sorry, I usually just watch the cars in front of me. I don't pay attention to lights."
Illinois: God, I hate driving in this state. Every aspect of driving sucks. You can't go anywhere without getting tolled to death. The police are ridiculous -- my mom got stopped in a speed trap, where the cop was hidden right after a sign announced the limit dropped from 45 to 35 mph. Of course, she was speeding by 10 mph at the time. And then, there's the Illinidiots.
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Originally Posted by hail2dking
Ask a damn hippie on a bike what a stop light means...
Not a week goes by without me seeing some dumbass going the wrong way in the bike lane.
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