A new analysis of data from New York State has revealed that less than half of those who took a driving test in New York City last year passed the on-road exam. According to the New York Daily News, a total of 46 percent of the 181,196 individuals who took the basic road test in 2012 passed the assessment, down from 52 percent the year prior. Not surprisingly, the American Automobile Association and driving school owners point to the fact that schools have cut driver's education in an attempt to save money as the main culprit behind the slide. Ill-qualified family members often step in to fill the educational gap, and the result is young drivers who aren't properly prepared for a road test.

In New York, those applying for a driver's license are required to first get a learner's permit and complete a five-hour driving course. New drivers under the age of 18 must complete 50 hours of driving practice while supervised by a licensed driver. The state requires 15 of those hours to be at night.


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      Trist
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 50 hours for new drivers under 18 is not accurate. I got my permit at 16 after paying some forgotten amount and getting a certain amount of questions right out of 20 multiple choice questions. A year later I took a driving course, $235, 2 hours of a 5 hour class (teacher let everyone out early as does everyone at any class across the board) and 5 lessons of 45 minutes each consisting of driving around in suburb like conditions in Queens stopping at stop signs and occasionally doing a broken U turn or parallel parking. Then a month later I showed up to a class and took the same beat up Toyota Corolla along with a DMV agent to demonstrate my seat belt putting on skills, left turn right turn U turn and parallel parking and stopping. BAM! I am now qualified to drive a big Escalade in the rain, on a highway, at night. All conditions I have never been exposed to but are now licensed to drive in. No one in NYC understands how to merge, exit, switch lanes or that the left lane is for PASSING. Sitting in the middle lane you'll see people flying by wrecklessly on your right and left. No one seems to be able to parallel park without bumping the car behind them. And everyone LOVES to be on their phone texting some nonsense.
        Intake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        I live in NYC too and everything you said is completely true.
        Julius
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        Just a point - whoever signed for you at the DMV basically lied saying you did the time. It's the law, but not really enforceable. And technically, unless you got your license at 18, there are nighttime and passenger restrictions on it.
        Trist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        By the way I live and drive in NYC with a Jetta TDI, and a Ninja 500.
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      At this point I think half the drivers in many states would fail basic road tests.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      A professional defensive driving course should be required. Driver training has always been a dangerous joke.
      Cody
      • 1 Year Ago
      "More than 50% of NY drivers fail basic road test" In other news the sky is blue and water is wet.. Also it should really read "More than 50% of U.S.A. drivers pass basic road test but fail at driving once they get their license."
        Mazdafreak
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cody
        The DMV could help us by not just handing over a permit/license to just anybody. We should make people PROVE they are capable of operating a motor vehicle safely BEFORE we give them the freedom to drive.
          Malcolm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mazdafreak
          tell me about it. Dude, several years ago I saw illegal immigrants getting free licenses without having to take any freaking tests whatsoever and I had to re-take some of mine to renew the license I had. that was such bullcrap. I think they need to make it mandatory to re-take every test and pass it 100% (nothing less) every couple of years, and those that don't pass get their license revoked for 1 year, and they have to re-take and pass, otherwise it gets revoked for one more year.. keep the dumbasses of the road.
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am 65 and have lived in upstate NY all my life. EVERY day I see people "cruze/crawl" thru red lights, talk on the phone, run 45 in a 30 zone, pass on the right in a two lane roadway, and simply pull out in front of people while entering a roadway. The best one is four way stops. Some don't stop at all, some think that the first one at the stop goes first, some turn left in front of those going straight, and some simply sit until nobody moves at all. No day on the road goes by that I don't see several people screw up. It is a miracle I haven't been killed yet.
      tylermars.design
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. Now make the tests even harder. The less idiots on the road the better.
      suedo558
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's NYC, so, sorry, that story only pertains to NYC. You can't judge the rest of the state by why happens in NYC since we don't recognise NYC as part of New York state!
      rocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      go to miami 100% dont know how to drive and they are arrogent
      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      And considering how pants-on-head the NY road test actually is, you have every right to assume that you're surrounded by morons driving here. I can only guess at how many Mass drivers fail it.
      slop9124
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most people driving cars today don't know how to drive. I'm from the Big Easy and we have the highest insurance rates around because of the number of accidents and the ambulance chaseing lawyers you cram the TV with adds to call them, they'll get every penny you're due. As a former professional driver, I feel that in order to get a drivers license you must complete a comprehensive defensesive driving course plus the regular drivers education course. Get off the phone, put the pet in the back seat, don't let the kids hang out the window, don't drink and drive and pay plenty attention to what's going on around you and you will do OK. Otherwise you are an accident wating to happen.
      Shad0wguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I live in NY (eastern Long Island, specifically) and this doesn't surprise me at all going by the way people drive around here.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder if that includes my ex. (She's from New York).
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