• May 30, 2006
According to GMAC Insurance, Rhode Island drivers averaged the lowest scores when quizzed about driving knowledge, while Oregon staters continue to have the most knowledgeable drivers. Drivers in the District of Columbia rated just above Rhode Island.
The results, based on a nationwide test conducted by the company, shows drivers in the Northeast failed 16 percent of the time while Northwesterners between one to seven percent.  A breakdown of the top ten cities and D.C. include:

1. Oregon 90.6 percent
2. Washington 88.2 percent
3. Vermont 87.5 percent
4. Idaho 87.3 percent (tie)
4. South Dakota 87.3 percent (tie)
6. Montana 87.2 percent
7. Nebraska 87.0 percent
8. Kansas 86.8 percent
9. Iowa 86.7 percent
10. Wyoming 86.2 percent

A link to the test with full results can be found at the article.

[Source: CNNMoney, picture by Kelly]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Woot! Washington in the hizzy! Not only are Washington drivers polite, but also knowledgeable of the road rules. We might produce more serial killers than any other state, but dammit, we make sure they know how to drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Edsel ... Welcome to America!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2, I'm from the South and now have the misfortune of living in NJ, and without a doubt the drivers are far worse here... It's hilarious to watch NJ drivers approach a four-way intersection: Almost without fail, they will blow thru any stop sign like it isn't there but stop where there isn't a sign. It makes no sense whatsoever; I just take it as another sign of the dysfunction of the place.

      As for the illegals' going down to Tennessee, I'm sure that has more to do with a lack of red tape than anything else.

      However, I will concur that driver education is uniformly awful throughout the country.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I just took the British test again, got 32 out of 35, or 91.4%. Beat that, first try. (OK I have an advantage - I've lived in the UK).
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2, this Tennesseean thinks you're exaggerating just a wee bit. I've driven all over these United States, and the drivers in TN are no worse than anywhere else.. and while you'll see the usual suspects rolling through stop signs and making right turns on red without stopping, not signaling for lane changes, etc., that happens everywhere, unfortunately.

      I find that courtesy is much more likely to be found in the roads in the South, as well.

      Finally, California wasn't the nightmare I've heard people make it out to be, and no blue hairs caused me grief in Florida.

      Perhaps my paying attention to my surroundings, the conditions, and anticipating other drivers' next moves helps?
      • 8 Years Ago

      Why, just today I witnessed a semi-truck driver yaking on his cell phone while darting in & out of traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike. We're called Massholes for good reason; lousy drivers and lousy politicians.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So this kid is on his driving test and the instructor notices that he blows right thru a red light. The instructor mentions it to the kid and he says, "Oh my brother does that all the time!". As they are approaching a green light the instructor doesn't say anything but watches as the kid slows the car down and makes a perfect stop. The instructor asks "Why would you stop at this GREEN light", the kid replies, "My brother might be coming the other way!"

      Bro must be from Jersey.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess Joel will find out soon enough that those are states and not cities. That aside, you'll notice that despite the poor showing of the northeast, the best any southern state could do was 21st place. My own state of Tejas came in at number 24. While that's not exactly great, it's the best we've ever done in any (unless you turn the polls upside down, in which case we're usually waaay up there.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! Alabama ranked 36! Someone must have cheated!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Oregon and I have to say we must do better on the written exam than the practical. We have to make up for the lowest number of State Troopers per capita somehow!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Vermont's going to be pissed when it finds out that it's not a northeast state anymore!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Oregon and I have to say that people knowing the traffic law is usually not a good thing. You have no idea how many people drive in the very left lane going exactly the speed limit holding up a long line of traffic. Or how many people slam on their brakes at a yellow light so they wouldn't brake a low. In some cases ignorance is bliss. Everyone would get where they're going much quicker if people used some common sense instead of doing everything by the book.

      I have to admit though, for pedestrians, Oregon is awesome. Nowhere in the states nor in Europe have I seen driver so polite as here, towards pedestrians. Nor does any place I know have such helpful yet odd laws for pedestians as here. There's this crazy 'implied crosswalk' law in Portland, that says pedestrians can just walk out in traffic and cross whereever they feel like it. Driver than have to sop and let the pedestrian cross on that so called 'implied crosswalk'.