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Survey: Many drivers are clueless
The poll found that most people don't know how to react to a yellow traffic light.
One reason highways are hazardous is because too many drivers don't know what they are doing, an insurance company study suggests.
GMAC Insurance conducted an online survey, posing 20 questions taken from state driver's-license exams. The results showed that many respondents might have flunked if it had been a real test.
For example, 85% of respondents did not know how to react to a traffic signal when the light is yellow. Others showed confusion on other questions or admitted to unsafe habits like texting while driving.
If the test results were averaged out nationally, the study suggests that nearly 20% of licensed drivers -- some 38 million motorists -- "may be unfit for roads" and wouldn't pass a state-issued written exam if taken today, the study said. The national average score was 76.2%, falling from 76.6% in 2009 and 78.1% in 2008.
"It's discouraging to see that overall average test scores are lower than last year," said Wade Bontrager, a senior vice president of GMAC Insurance. "American drivers need to make safety a top priority and be aware of the rules of the road at all times. The National Drivers Test allows everyone to brush up on their driving knowledge with a brief refresher course."
Where are the nation's worst drivers? Motorists from New York had the worst record on the survey, followed by drivers in New Jersey, Washington, California and Rhode Island.
Drivers in Kansas did the best, followed by Oregon, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. In general, drivers in the Midwest seemed to be the most informed about the rules of the road, while drivers in the Northeast fared worst.
Men over age 45 tended to score the highest, the survey shows, while men overall outscored women, who admitted to engaging in more distracting behavior while behind the wheel.
Lack of attention
Additional questions from the survey reveal that drivers conduct a variety of distracting behaviors behind the wheel. Approximately one in four participants admitted to driving while talking on a cell phone, eating and adjusting the radio or selecting songs on an iPod. However, only 5% reported they text while driving.
Overall, a significantly higher percentage of females than males reported engaging in the following distracting situations: conversation with passengers, selecting songs on an iPod or CD or adjusting the radio, talking on a cell phone, eating, applying makeup and reading.
I guess you can't even abbreviate
"W hat The F.*" with W.t. F here without having it censored!
After reading peoples comments here, I can see that most of the problems with american drivers is that most of them are infantile little children with inferiority complexes who absolutely refuse to follow the rules because "other people" aren't following the rules, and they either feel "cheated" when someone gets in front of them on the highway (****?-its the highway, let someone change lanes if they want to) or get angry when someone who is not on a sunday drive or possibly has an emergency passes them when they are driving the speed limit or less in the fast lane.
It doesn't matter what a person scores on a test: people can study to pass tests, yet not retain the information any longer than necessary to pass it. I have been driving since I was 7 (on vaction in peru) and have Never been in an accident nor gotten a ticket, even though I could not tell you what was on the driving test I took 30 some years ago when- I was 15- "in order to get my license."
As for Illegal immigrants: I don't know if they have insurance or licenses or what not but they are -always- driving the speed limit, always signal and always let others pass without acting agro..maybe because they are illegal and do not want to draw attention to themselves because they could be deported. they are NEVER problematic.
in Oakland (CA), "gangster types" in their cadillacs and monster cars do not even slow down for the stop signs nor stoplights unless they are carrying a felony amount of drugs and then they drive the speed limit and follow all the rules. Try to call them on it, or cut them off, and they will either follow you to where you are going and beat you up, or just shoot you right there.
Not to mention that you can drive 100 mph around here and the cops will PASS YOU swerving in and out of the lanes without signalling and without lights or sirens while they are talking on their cell phones or texting themselves! I see it EVERY DAY!
Obviously you did not visit the Facebook page Reform Driving in the United States! or if you did you did not examine it very closely. It is amazing what can be done with social media and the point of that page is to get all the people who are commenting on here and obviously want change to express that by joining (and getting others to join) and then also DONATE MONEY so lobbying and marketing can be done. The discussion board can be used to simply vent or express ideas that would be helpful. What other choices do we have? We need money to make a difference and to spread the work. Articles like this are not widespread enough. TV, radio, signs, etc...are the mediums we need to use. Don't you agree?
There are an insignificant number of drivers on the road -- as it exists today -- who are in any way qualified to drive.
The existing high-speed freeway system was designed by total dedicated engineering nincompoops who failed to apply even a minimal attempt at an understanding of the very considerable shortcomings of human beings and how best to bridge them.
The time has come a while AGO for humans to be taken from behind the wheel and replaced by autonomous automated machine drivers. The technology of today is very nearly functionally sufficient and needs but to be commercialized for cost and reliability.
Very nearly nothing needs to be done to the existing infrastructure, save to keep the lines painted ACCORDING TO SOME CONSISTENT RATIONAL RULES instead of as they are today and then kept maintained.
In most if not all instances, traffic signals can be abandoned, as the vehicles will be ordered in platoons and simply pass thru one another at intersections. Initially, that will be found scary to passengers, but it will come off without a hitch (mostly).
It is time to get going and to desist from killing a planeload of men, women and children every day on the streets and the highways of this nation ! ! !
A LOT OF IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT PROPERLY INSURED, BUT A GREAT MAJORITY OF THEM DRIVE A LOT MORE CAREFULLY SINCE ANY TRAFFIC VIOLATION CAN COST THEM EVEYTHING THEY HAVE. (YOU MAY THINK YOU KNOW)...
IF WE’RE REALLY HONEST WITH OURSELVES, WE CANNOT SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT CARELESS, AND SELFISH TEENAGERS AND OMG! SENIOR CITIZENS, (THEY ME BE LEGAL ALIENS) BUT CAN SURE CAUSE A LOT OF ACCIDENTS. PLEASE! I LOVE THE OLD BUT I DON’T THINK PEOPLE OVER 70 SHOULD BE SHARING THE ROAD WITH DRUNK TEENAGERS, NOT A GOOD COMBINATION…NOT TO MENTION EVERYBODY ELSE WITH A CELL PHONE ON HAND.
although all "immigrants" are problematic, whether from out of country, state, or city. there is no common group intelligence among the drivers on the road. it's just that drivers from other country's have a COMPLETELY different mind when it comes to driving- we are not all equal especially thanks to differing social environments.
Not surprised at all by the findings. Truly, most people on the road today have absolutely NO CLUE what a turn signal is, what a solid line means, how to merge, or tons of other basic driving knowledge. The best part is that they probably believe they are GOOD drivers!! I truly enjoy when they get indignant that their garbage driving skills upset others.
These people should have been picked off by packs of wolves in the olden days but, unfortunately, they are still around to menace everybody else on the road
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