According to the 2011 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test nearly one in five drivers on the road today would not pass a written drivers’ test.
Washington State drivers ranked 14th of the 50 states, with 14% failing the test and scoring, on average, 80.5% on the test.
Kansas took first place (82.9 percent average score) and Washington, D.C. took last (71.8 percent average score).
One out of three (34%) of New York and Washington D.C. drivers failed the test while only one out of twenty (4.5%) of Wyoming drivers failed the test.
According to GMAC, eighty-five percent of those taking the test were not able to pick the correct action to take when they come upon a yellow traffic light. Only a quarter of the test takers could identify the safe distance to follow behind another driver.
Males are better drivers?
If driving knowledge is any indication of driving habits, men are better drivers than women. 1 in 4 women failed the test (27.2 percent versus 13.6 percent for male). Overall, males out-performed females with an average score of 80.2 percent versus 74.1 percent for females.
The older the wiser
Oldest drivers tested, ages 60-65, continued to have the highest average test scores at 80.3 percent.
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