Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Why I'm Staying Home from Now On

If anything would drive a person to become a hermit in New England, this item from CNN.com may be it.

The GMAC Insurance National Driver's Test found that nearly 20 million Americans, or about 1 in 10 drivers, would fail a state driver's test if they had to take one today. GMAC Insurance is part of General Motors' finance subsidiary, GMAC.

More than 5,000 licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 65 were administered a 20-question written test designed to measure basic knowledge about traffic laws and safety. They were also surveyed about their general driving habits.

Drivers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states did worst. Twenty percent of test-takers failed there.

The state of Rhode Island leads the nation in driver cluelessness, according to the survey. The average test score there was 77, just eight points above a failing grade.

Those in neighboring Massachusetts were second worst and New Jersey, third worst.

Now, when I complain about my fellow road warriors' lousy driving habits, I'll have some statistics to back it up. I learned to drive in Virginia (16th best on the list), so you're all safe with me.

Fortunately, our traffic is so bad that we also have the lowest highway fatality rates in the nation. Thank goodness for small blessings!


Blogger Mr. Liberty said...

Just wait for that big tunnel you all have up there.

Then you can shove half the cars underground, and allow the better drivers to drive on top.

But sadly, the big tunnel shall never be completed. That was the point all along!

The alternative is mass transit. That is if you want to go some place and get halfway there.


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