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    Where do the worst drivers live?

    How does your state rate?

    Where the Worst Drivers Live- Yahoo! Autos Article Page

    Where the Worst Drivers Live

    By Sean Tucker


    The worst drivers in America live in New York. Of course, you knew that. You've been in the Holland Tunnel. But now, we have proof.

    GMAC Insurance has released the results of its National Drivers Test for 2009. The test, which measures basic knowledge of driving laws, was given to more than 5,000 drivers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia -- and New Yorkers finished last. Last year's loser, New Jersey, improved its score just enough to leap over New York. Hawaii, California and Georgia rounded out the bottom five.


    Idaho and Wisconsin drivers tied for the highest average score, with an 80.6.


    The point of the test, of course, is not just to confirm what anyone who's tried to merge onto the Thruway already knew. It's to measure how much we know about safe driving. And the news isn't good.

    In a press release, GMAC explains, "Results from the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test released today found that 20.1 percent of licensed Americans - amounting to roughly 41 million drivers on the road - would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today." Most of us have trouble, according to the results, with "questions about yellow lights and safe following distances."

    The survey has been given for five years. The average score has fluctuated up and down during that time, but this year it is down - 76.6 percent versus last year's 78.1.

    GMAC notes, "In general, geographical regions ranked similarly to previous years, with the lowest average test scores in the Northeast, while the states in the Midwest held the highest averages. When comparing genders, men are still more likely to pass the test than women, but the gap is considerably smaller in 2009 (81 percent of males versus 79 percent of females) than in 2008 (87 percent of males versus 80 percent of females)."

    And, "The older the driver, the higher the test score." Drivers over 35 were more likely to pass than those under 35, while men over 45 posted the highest scores, and "the age group with the highest failure rates was young adults (18 to 24 years old)."

    Curious how you'd do? Take the test yourself at nationaldriverstest.com. When you're finished, GMAC will even let you play a video game that teaches you how to avoid elderly people and aliens in the roadway (no, we're not kidding).

    State Rankings

    Note: Many states tied for the same position in the rankings.
    1 IDAHO
    1 WISCONSIN
    3 MONTANA
    4 KANSAS
    5 SOUTH DAKOTA
    5 NEBRASKA
    7 UTAH
    8 WYOMING
    8 IOWA
    8 OREGON
    8 MINNESOTA
    12 ALASKA
    12 NORTH DAKOTA
    14 VERMONT
    15 COLORADO
    15 MISSOURI
    17 OKLAHOMA
    17 WASHINGTON
    19 NEW MEXICO
    20 NORTH CAROLINA
    21 VIRGINIA
    22 INDIANA
    22 MICHIGAN
    24 ARKANSAS
    24 TEXAS
    26 ALABAMA
    26 NEVADA
    28 WEST VIRGINIA
    29 ILLINOIS
    30 ARIZONA
    31 MAINE
    32 DELAWARE
    33 NEW HAMPSHIRE
    34 OHIO
    35 KENTUCKY
    36 PENNSYLVANIA
    37 LOUISIANA
    38 TENNESSEE
    38 MISSISSIPPI
    40 SOUTH CAROLINA
    40 MARYLAND
    42 CONNECTICUT
    43 FLORIDA
    44 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    45 MASSACHUSETTS
    46 RHODE ISLAND
    47 GEORGIA
    48 CALIFORNIA
    49 HAWAII
    50 NEW JERSEY
    51 NEW YORK


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    I got real bad news for ya CTR Man....in Washington State, we cops have a saying. "If you are going over 35 miles per hour, you have exceeded the level of your ability"

    There are more dipshits on the road around here than anywhere I have ever been. Ask Sgtbear 111.....he used to catch them.


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    Well, I figured those in LE would possibly know a much different story than what was depicted in the article.


    Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.

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    Drat, missed one. So who wants to ride along with me on the driving portion?

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    Missed one as well
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    Who ever wrote that list needs to take a ride with me through Detroit. I imagine Michigan will be moved closer to the top after that!!
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    No surprise that Georgia is in the bottom five just based on what I see in the metro Atlanta area. These folks CANNOT drive, especially in the rain. One of the local radio weathermen likes to say during rainstorms that the impact of rain upon the expressways is causing deadly "moron gas" to rise from the road, resulting in numerous collisions.
    Be kind, be courteous . . .

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    "Deadly Moron Gas" That's a good one. I've always wondered what that stuff was steaming from the water drains and manhole covers. Who would have thought?


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