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How many bad drivers can you spot every day on your drive to work? Five? Ten? All of them? We feel your pain, and apparently the alarming truth is that one-in-five motorists - which, for those interesting in the gory details, equals roughly 38 million Americans - are unfit to drive on our nation's highways.

This data is according to a test administered by GMAC Insurance that asked motorists 20 questions taken straight from your local DMV's written driving test. About 20 percent of currently licensed drivers would have failed the test, and the average score of 76.2 percent is down slightly from that of 2009.

Some interesting factoids: Male drivers scored better than females on both average scores (78.1 percent male versus 74.4 percent female) and failure rates (24 percent female versus 18.1 percent male). New Yorkers ranked dead last (70 percent average score) and Kansas drivers ranked highest (82.3 percent average score). Want to know more? (Perhaps not...). If so, click here for a further breakdown from our friends at TheDetroitBureau.com.

[source: TheDetroitBureau.com | Image: timsamoff C.C. 2.0]

Obvious: Survey says nearly one-in-five motorists "unfit" to drive originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 May 2010 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saw one this morning...guy on a motorcycle, no helmet, texting or reading email on his phone. In 70 mph traffic.

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No offense, but how in the hell did Ohio rank an average/medium score in this test? Seriously. How? Some of those people drive 60 to 65 in down here in the fast lane of Interstate 75 (the speed limit is 70, "maximum" is 75 - 80).

Edited by whiteknight

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People who don't know what the f**k a f***king Yield sign means. People who run red lights, blow through stop signs, and generally don't understand the concept of right-of-way. People who do triple digit speeds in heavy traffic while weaving dangerously in and out of lanes. Motherf**kers who f**king ride you f**king ass thinking somehow they'll get to where they're going faster.

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There's more to this though, as this survey merely looks at those who are able to answer the written questions of the driving test. I am certain there is a far larger percentage of people who, while they may be able to answer the questions, absolutely suck at driving.

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There's more to this though, as this survey merely looks at those who are able to answer the written questions of the driving test. I am certain there is a far larger percentage of people who, while they may be able to answer the questions, absolutely suck at driving.

:yes:

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^ +2.

Try coupling Jersey's 'least knowledgible' rating with the highest population density in the U.S.. Every day is 1 notch below a demo derby.

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^ +2.

Try coupling Jersey's 'least knowledgible' rating with the highest population density in the U.S.. Every day is 1 notch below a demo derby.

Agree with the last sentence.

Of course, I kind of expect NJ, NY, Cali to do poorly, as we have a lot of legal immigrants (illegal immigrants would not have been selected for testing... hence AZ, NM, TX and FL do better than expected)... if you aren't fluid in English, you're not going to test well in anything. The performance of KY, WV, NH, LA and RI scare me more.

Also, more drivers in NJ, NY, Cali find themselves in high traffic more... at which point enforcement becomes nearly zero and people break the rules to get ahead... disuse of a rule relegates it to the dustbin of memory...

Still, I'm appalled by the driving out there... recently, I was run out of my lane/nearly pushed into the median barrier by not one... but 4 cars in a 1.5 hr drive from Brooklyn to Monticello, NY. Sure, one was in traffic... the others... just blissful cluelessness.

I shutter thinking I have to drive back to South Jersey from NYC tonight during the Memorial Day traffic... Ugh.

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Even more alarming 4 out of 5 don't know how badly they drive and 85% of all drivers self rate their driving in the top 10 % of "good" drivers. :confused0071:

Something doesn't add up. : :AH-HA:

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