Recently, a GMAC Insurance survey found that most people are clueless about the rules of the road. This may be the reason why the highways are as dangerous as they are. The insurance company conducted an online survey posing 20 questions taken from driver’s license exams. The results showed that many respondents flunked the test.
Eighty-five percent of respondents did not know how to react to a traffic signal when the light is yellow. Others showed confusion on other questions or even admitted to driving with unsafe habits like texting while driving. The survey also found if the test results were averaged out nationally, 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 national average score was 76.2%, falling from 76.6% in 2009 and 78.1% in 2008.
The nation’s worst drivers are from New York followed by drivers in New Jersey, Washington, California and Rhode Island. The best drivers are from Kansas, Oregon, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The survey found that drivers from the Midwest seem to be the most informed about the rules of the road while drivers in the Northeast aren’t.
Men over age 45 scored the highest as well as men overall outscoring women. Women did admit that they engage in more distracting behavior while behind the wheel. Women tend to talk more with passengers or select songs on an IPod or CD or adjust the radio, read, talk on a cell phone, eat and even apply makeup while driving.