Report: New Yorkers are the least knowledgeable drivers

national drivers test results map 2010

That's quite some company for New York in the slow lane.

A nationwide test/survey concluded that drivers in New York State are the least knowledgeable in the nation.

The test, which was sponsored by GMAC Insurance, asked drivers a series of 20 questions that were taken from state DMV exams. The New Yorkers' average score was a 70 -- the worst of any state (including DC) and just good enough to be considered passing (under 70 was considered failing).

Here's an explanation of the methodology.

This is the second year in a row that New York was ranked last in the nation. Other states near the bottom: New Jersey (shock), DC, California and Rhode Island. The Empire and Garden states have ranked near the bottom for the past five years.

Kansas had the top average score (82.3). The national average score was 76.2.

[via CapNews9]

Earlier on AOA: Listomania: a list of lists which list the Capital Region and New York

map: GMAC Insurance

Comments

Ok, it took a survey for them to figure that out? I always knew it. I have to disagree with Kansas. Folks from Sterling County can't drive worth a durn. ;)

Hey, New Jersey is the most dense state in the US.

:D

What our drivers lack in knowledge, they make up for in self-righteous indignation. Ask any cyclist.

So we don't know about driving, at least we know about evolution. Eat that Kansas!

As a driver, I have no issue with cyclists who obey the rules of the road. There are too many who don't know or understand what is expected of cyclists. And unfortunately its ends up worse for them.

We're over tested in High School. A truck driver actually rated NY drivers the highest in his informal critique. He commented that any state where the drivers can drive as close to the next car's bumper on the LIE and hardly get in an accident, must be doing something right.

On a side note, I was amazed at how rarely people in NE Indiana use their turn signals.

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