18 Percent of all U.S. Drivers Would Fail a Driver’s Test
If taken today, roughly 18 percent of American drivers would not pass the written knowledge test. That is 37 million Americans.
The GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test has become the benchmark for America’s driving IQ. The average score of all drivers increased a little bit this year. From 76.2 percent in 2010 to 77.9 percent 2011. But the test still suggests that one out of five are unfit for the road.
Lacking basic driving knowledge and understanding of rules of the road can lead to dangerous driving habits. As an example, only 15 percent could identify the correct action to take when approaching a steady yellow traffic light, and only 25 percent were aware of safe following distances.
Best and the Worst Drivers
Drivers in Kansas scored highest with an average score of 82.9% correct. They ranked first for the second year in a row.
Washington, D.C. ranked last for the first time with the nation’s lowest average score of 73.9% correct. Together with New York they had the highest percent of failures: 34 percent. This means that one out of three in New York and Washington, D.C. failed the test. In Wyoming only one out 20 drivers failed the test.
Oldest drivers tested, ages 60-65, continued to have the highest average test scores at 80.3 percent.
Source: GMAC Insurance (Note added 2017: Original test results are no longer available on GMAC home page).