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.
If you are like most of us, you look back at your first DMV-issued driving test – that one you took with a dull nub of a pencil while standing in a crowded room – and remember racking your brain over questions that not only made no sense, but some that were downright confusing. Whether we approve of the age-old process or not, everyone eventually passes their first driving test (and it seems many forget everything the moment they hit the highways).
Raise your hand if you think your home state has the worst drivers in America. Now, lower your hands if you don't happen to live in either New York or New Jersey. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that the average driver in your particular state is all that great, regardless of what city you choose to call home. According to this year's GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, an alarming 20.1% of licensed Americans would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today.
Getting a driver's license in European countries has always been tougher than in the United States. In most countries you can't even start to drive until you turn 18 and even then you have to actually demonstrate driving skills that go well beyond parallel parking and making a left turn. Now, aspiring drivers in England will have to demonstrate another new skill: eco-driving. Apparently, drivers whose style uses a bit too much petrol won't actually be denied a license but the review after the te
British officials from the Driving Standards Agency want people taking licensing tests to answer "green questions." They may be asked about using a bicycle or public transportation. Other questions involve choosing between a 4x4 or a small car and opening a window rather than using air conditioning. The government isn't requiring green choices but simply making sure drivers know their options and the value of their choices. Right now the proposal is tied to the written theory portion of the test
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted that she was a bad driver who resorted to a fairly common indiscretion while trying to earn her driver's license. She says she paid her driving instructor a little something extra to speed up the process a bit.
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.