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Old 05-22-2009, 12:59 PM   #1
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The worst drivers in America live in New York. Of course, you knew that. You've been in the Holland Tunnel. But now, we have proof.



GMAC Insurance has released the results of its National Drivers Test for 2009. The test, which measures basic knowledge of driving laws, was given to more than 5,000 drivers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia -- and New Yorkers finished last. Last year's loser, New Jersey, improved its score just enough to leap over New York. Hawaii, California and Georgia rounded out the bottom five.


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Idaho and Wisconsin drivers tied for the highest average score, with an 80.6.



The point of the test, of course, is not just to confirm what anyone who's tried to merge onto the Thruway already knew. It's to measure how much we know about safe driving. And the news isn't good.



In a press release, GMAC explains, "Results from the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test released today found that 20.1 percent of licensed Americans - amounting to roughly 41 million drivers on the road - would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today." Most of us have trouble, according to the results, with "questions about yellow lights and safe following distances."



The survey has been given for five years. The average score has fluctuated up and down during that time, but this year it is down - 76.6 percent versus last year's 78.1.



GMAC notes, "In general, geographical regions ranked similarly to previous years, with the lowest average test scores in the Northeast, while the states in the Midwest held the highest averages. When comparing genders, men are still more likely to pass the test than women, but the gap is considerably smaller in 2009 (81 percent of males versus 79 percent of females) than in 2008 (87 percent of males versus 80 percent of females)."



And, "The older the driver, the higher the test score." Drivers over 35 were more likely to pass than those under 35, while men over 45 posted the highest scores, and "the age group with the highest failure rates was young adults (18 to 24 years old)."



Curious how you'd do? Take the test yourself at nationaldriverstest.com. When you're finished, GMAC will even let you play a video game that teaches you how to avoid elderly people and aliens in the roadway (no, we're not kidding).

State Rankings
Note: Many states tied for the same position in the rankings.

1 IDAHO
1 WISCONSIN
3 MONTANA
4 KANSAS
5 SOUTH DAKOTA
5 NEBRASKA
7 UTAH
8 WYOMING
8 IOWA
8 OREGON
8 MINNESOTA
12 ALASKA
12 NORTH DAKOTA
14 VERMONT
15 COLORADO
15 MISSOURI
17 OKLAHOMA
17 WASHINGTON
19 NEW MEXICO
20 NORTH CAROLINA
21 VIRGINIA
22 INDIANA
22 MICHIGAN
24 ARKANSAS
24 TEXAS
26 ALABAMA

26 NEVADA
28 WEST VIRGINIA
29 ILLINOIS
30 ARIZONA
31 MAINE
32 DELAWARE
33 NEW HAMPSHIRE
34 OHIO
35 KENTUCKY
36 PENNSYLVANIA
37 LOUISIANA
38 TENNESSEE
38 MISSISSIPPI
40 SOUTH CAROLINA
40 MARYLAND
42 CONNECTICUT
43 FLORIDA
44 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
45 MASSACHUSETTS
46 RHODE ISLAND
47 GEORGIA
48 CALIFORNIA
49 HAWAII
50 NEW JERSEY
51 NEW YORK
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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Idaho was #1 despite Jake and his Honda Element.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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That's an easy test.

...and yes the results confirm that the Northeast and California do have the WORST FRIGGING DRIVERS.

In Hawaii they are just "relaxing" and in Georgia they're busy loading their hunting rifles while on the road.
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That's an easy test.

...and yes the results confirm that the Northeast and California do have the WORST FRIGGING DRIVERS.

I know califonia drivers suck cause they all moved to denver
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I know califonia drivers suck cause they all moved to denver
And texassians did too.
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The drivers here are bad, just crazy.
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If Cabo were in the USA it would be number one with a bullet!!!
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If Cabo were in the USA it would be number one with a bullet!!!
If Seoul were in the US it would beat both Cabo and NY.
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Just look up what city has the most Asians...





flame away in 5....4.....3.....2.....
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Just look up what city has the most Asians...





flame away in 5....4.....3.....2.....

They probably wouldn't suck so bad if they could see over the dash.
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flame away in 5....4.....3.....2.....
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Got a 85 ... i guess thats not shabby for a 19yr old.
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California drivers are great, Denver has the worst drivers.
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I figured CO would be high.

You idiots do not know how to merge into traffic or let people merge.

I go out there once a year and it seems I see at least one person stopped on the ramp trying to get on a highway.

I think the worst traffic/drivers I ever seen was in Mexico City, Acapulco was a little better but only because there were less cars.
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I can't speak for the 19 states I've not driven in, but by far the worst drivers I've seen are here in Dallas, and I actually taught people to drive when i lived in Southern CA in the '80's, which was utterly frightening. At least in CA most people had skill...they were nuts but they had skill. Here they're both nuts and unskilled.
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I figured CO would be high.

You idiots do not know how to merge into traffic or let people merge.

I go out there once a year and it seems I see at least one person stopped on the ramp trying to get on a highway.

I think the worst traffic/drivers I ever seen was in Mexico City, Acapulco was a little better but only because there were less cars.
Those are all the drivers from california (it didn't used to be like this) before the housing boom now it's a idiot show out there.
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I've driven quite a bit in CO, AZ and CA and California drivers are BY FAR the worst. Here in San Diego, the little old Asian women drivers are legendary. Avoid them at all costs.
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So if i go to Idaho or Wisconsin there's a high chance that i might get hit with a 94 nissan altima?
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California drivers are great, Denver has the worst drivers.
You're NUTS, straight-up CRAZY

People here in San Diego couldn't drive in a straight line if they were on rails.
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You're NUTS, straight-up CRAZY

People here in San Diego couldn't drive in a straight line if they were on rails.


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I vote for New Jersey. The drivers, roads, and signs suck. Plus the state stinks in general. I apologize in advance to any New Jersey residents but I never hear anything positive about the area even from the people who live there.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:23 PM   #22
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So if i go to Idaho or Wisconsin there's a high chance that i might get hit with a 94 nissan altima?

No but maybe a john deere or a food potato truck.
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every large city = bad drivers .........
Citys with 50 K population or less .......
1.Biloxi Mississippi
2. Any town along Highway 20 in northern Cali between highway 101 and I 5
3. Pocatello Idaho Freaking people are nuts and there is no reason for it
4. Great falls Montana ........
5. Bristol Tenn
6. Any city in North Carolina , these people believe in god and they are not scared to meet him .....
7. Las Cruses New Mexico .. too much sun , these people are touched
8.Lordsburg New mexico
9.Cortez Colorado.....
10 Grand Junction Colorado .......you people need to sit back and watch how people in Utah Drive
tied for #10 .......... Casper Wyoming , we are just ****ing nuts up here ......
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Living and driving in Utah no one can tell me that Utah has that good of drivers. I thought the people in California drove great and in Texas they were too, I turned on my blinker and a car actually slowed to let me over. Unbelievable. People in Utah are in a hurry to get no where. They do not know what the passing lane is, they think it's the sight seeing lane. Do not know what a blinker is. You've got a mixture of all kinds of bad in Utah.
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