Women had the most trouble with questions about speed limits.
Drivers fared better in the online poll of people who have driving at least five years of experience on the road. Young people answered driving questions correctly 18 percent more frequently (64% correct) than people with 20 or more years of experience as a driver (46% correct).
“It may be time to take a closer look at the way in which we test drivers,” Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds.com, said in a statement. “The United States has a far less rigorous training and testing process than many developed countries – and a much higher per capita rate of fatal accidents.”
A separate survey mirrors these results. A GMAC Insurance survey of about 5,100 people showed 22% of Americans would flunk a driving test.
That means almost 37 million drivers are unfit for the road, an uptick from the 38 million misfits who couldn't pass the test last year.
The impact of failing the test means legal drivers are unsure of themselves when it comes to following the rules of the road.
The worst drivers, according to the GMAC survey, are women and neophytes. Men are twice as likely to pass tests, data shows, and senior-aged drivers score a B or better (over 80%) on driving tests.
Midwest drivers and people from Wyoming are the best; people in the Northeast and in Washington, D.C., fare the worst.
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