Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, June 12, 2008 7:27 pm

Crummy drivers

If you think that many of the people on the road around you don’t know what in pluperfect hell they’re doing, you’re probably right. Via Al Tompkins at Poynter.org comes this scary little item from GMAC Insurance: According to a survey they did, more than 33 million Americans would flunk a state driver’s test if they took it today. (Not that I’m surprised; my kids are well used to hearing me say, “Choose a lane, pal,” at some indecisive driver in front of us.)

The GMAC site includes rankings by state. The state with the highest average score was Kansas, renowned in a story (perhaps apocryphal) from the early days of the automobile, when, supposedly, the only two cars in the entire state crashed into each other. North Carolina tied for 22nd. And the least safe? Surprise! It’s New Jersey.

But even in Kansas, the average score was just 84. That’s not reassuring.

I took the test and scored a 95. My one wrong answer, pertaining to safe following distance, was one in which I erred on the side of caution. My N.C. license isn’t up for renewal until 2010, so I’ve got some time to study.

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