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    This explains a lot about traffic in DC and Boston!


    Survey: Northeast has dumbest drivers

    Test shows 1 in 10 licensed U.S. drivers don't know basic rules. In the East, 20 percent fail quiz.
    May 27, 2005; Posted: 10:08 a.m. EDT (1408 GMT)


    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 Massachussets were second worst and New Jersey, third worst.

    Northwestern states had the most knowledgable 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.

    Top five states for driver knowledge:


    Oregon


    Washington


    Iowa


    Idaho


    Wyoming

    Bottom five states for driver knowledge:


    Rhode Island


    Massachusetts


    New Jersey


    New York


    Washington D.C.
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    you should see the drivers in new mexico. bunch of idiots there.
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    South Carolina has the worst drivers, hands down.
    At least when they're driving in NC.

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    I can't believe Florida isn't at the top of the 5 worst. But then again 6 months out of the year the majority of our drivers are from the northeastern part of the US.
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    Drive a semi for a living and you see the worst of every state. But I have to agree...the northeast/Eastern Seaboard folks are by far the dumbest, most unsafe drivers I have ever encountered.

    For some reason they find it completely okay to haull-ass down the road, buzz by a semi on the shoulder on the right...NOT SIGNAL...swerve in front of said truck and then slam on the brakes because they almost miss their exit. Then they bitch and moan because we couldn't stop in time. At least in Chicago, L.A., Dallas, etc.; they signal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen
    Top five states for driver knowledge:

    Oregon

    Washington

    Iowa

    Idaho

    Wyoming

    Bottom five states for driver knowledge:

    Rhode Island

    Massachusetts

    New Jersey

    New York

    Washington D.C.
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    You do know that that is two separate places in every way shape and form, right Mishar?

    (actually Washington, DC they should've just put "District of Columbia")

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    Oh, and Mass-holes do make sucky drivers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007
    You do know that that is two separate places in every way shape and form, right Mishar?

    (actually Washington, DC they should've just put "District of Columbia")
    So, Washington DC is the Capital of the US, and Washington alone is what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    So, Washington DC is the Capital of the US, and Washington alone is what?

    Just its own state...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    So, Washington DC is the Capital of the US, and Washington alone is what?
    Washington state is on the west coast and happens to be where where VH played in one of our infamous mods backyards last summer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FH
    South Carolina has the worst drivers, hands down.
    At least when they're driving in NC.
    GMAC Insurance (they did the survey) happens to be HQ'd in NC, so of course they're not on the list!
    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    I, too, am surprised Florida isn't on that list. Washington, D.C. traffic is awful, especially with the diplomats driving around with immunity. Nashville traffic has been bad every time I visited there. NY/NJ area traffic also sucks ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheBeginning
    Washington state is on the west coast and happens to be where where VH played in one of our infamous mods backyards last summer!
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