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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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      These are things i see people NOT doing most often.
      - Signal to turn/change lanes
      - Look before changing lanes
      - Merge properly
      - Left lane hogs

      Simple things, yet so hard for some people to do.




        • 4 Years Ago
        And how about turning right on an intersection. (when legal)
        Or leaving less than 10 car-lenghts between them and the car infront of them during stop/go traffic or on a traffic light.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Slow traffic keep right, i should say for that last one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        jmcanut, if people left a few car lengths in front of them in stop / go traffic, it could easily change to go traffic. I really hate burning up my clutch in that kind of traffic. I'd rather cruise slowly in first or second gear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the saddest and funniest things ever when I moved to Calif. and had to take the DMV written test. The attendant called my name "______ you passed with 100%" as a high school kid approached shocked and excited. He then looked at the test and said that's not my last name. It turned out it was my test. HAHAHA pimple faced kid go learn something, turned out he actually failed it. SO funny but kind of sad too.

      But I'm one that aced it AND can actually drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's the test:
      http://www.nationaldriverstest.com/national-drivers-test/ndt-test.php

      It's quite easy to get 100%...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't even live in the USA (i.e. we have some slight differences in signs and rules) and I still managed 100% on that test.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the tests are different in each state. Not so much the specific questions, but the topics.

      I didn't fail my driving test, but I got all the questions wrong on alcohol and DWI/DUI.
      I didn't study that section because (A) you don't need to drink in order to drive and (B) I don't drink. So why do I need to know how many points a DUI are or how much is the alcohol limit?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, I'm not so certain about the basic licensing test, but i do know that the motorcycle licensing tests do differ from state to state. I originally received my motorcycle endorsement in South Carolina and had no problems passing either the written or the practical test. However, when I moved to North Carolina the written test was significantly more difficult and I ended up having to take it twice. They waived the practical. Now I live in missouri, but I haven't yet changed residency officially.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That all depends on the city. for example a city like Buffalo would more than likely rate 1 out of 5, Portland would rank 3 out of 5, Atlanta would easily be 5 out of 5 for unfit motorists.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I cant really pin point the exact reason, although i lived there for a couple of years, I just know first hand that there are some really bad drivers there, police dont enforce the speed limit on the Major Highways if your doing 60mph the person in the other lane will be doing 75 and some one else will blow by both of you doing 90. Everyone is in a race to get no where. and with several streets named Peachtree, a Interstate section called Spagghitti Junction and city where everyone must drive it all contributes to atlantas horrible transit system and unfit drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Atlanta? I have to agree, but why is it so bad there? Never could figure that out.

        The 70 / 75 area in Ohio has a death nearly every day. There is simply no reason for it.

        In addition to bad drivers, there seems to be a huge problem with cars in disrepair. There are no inspections here and it is downright scary the things I see.

        When you learn to drive a motorcycle, you are taught to go over the bike every time you ride it. People can't be bothered to EVER check their cars or care when something is loose / rattling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the rate is higher in Utah, but I totally agree with that survey.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be thrilled if they decreased the number of questions you could get wrong. It seems like anyone can pass it too easily, leading to crap drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they really NEED a test to tell them this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem is that people fail to do the simple and obvious that they'd get right on a DMV test. It's one thing to not know... these people know and still do it, which is even worse.

      I'd say well over half of the people in Northern California simply refuse to use their turn signal. The overwhelming majority thinks the safe following distance is a single-car length (not surprisingly there's a lot of rear-end accidents here). On really foggy days (thankfully they're very few), I see cars barreling down at 65mph even though there's like 10-15 feet of visibility.

      Probably the worst of them all is some ridiculous, unwritten rule that you have wildly swerve across 4 lanes to get to the off-ramp from the fast lane, at the very last minute. I can't count how many times ppl run into those impact-absorbing trash cans... ugh, hate driving here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone recognize the location in that shot?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I'm wrong, it may mean I'm unfit to drive... but if that sign is showing in the mirror, doesn't that mean the driver is actually going in the correct direction?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Point taken. Then that driver is doubly unfit to drive. Or a totally kickass driver that doesn't give a F#$K!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats debateable
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unless...he's driving in reverse!
        • 4 Years Ago
        One in five??? It seems like TWO in five...
        • 4 Years Ago
        i was just gonna say the same thing!.. the pic looks like the driver is following the rules.

        but i totally agree with ppl being unfit to drive. i'm a commercial pilot and we are all required to do medical testing every year and every 6 months if you're over 40 y/o. if you're the holder of a Private Pilot License then you can go 5 yrs between medical testing.

        for driving i think it should be 5 years between medical testing and then if you're over 40 you should be tested every 2 years. if you're requiring ppl to have this done im sure you could get the test done for $40 or $50 and that's every 5 yrs or 2 yrs depending on age... really not a lot of money! just my opinion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was more like 4 out of 5.
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