Survey Highlights America's Low Driving IQ: 1 in 5 Drivers Don't Meet Basic Requirements for Driver's License
Most of us, even Philadelphia car accident lawyers, remember taking our driver’s test, palms sweating around the steering wheel and our undivided attention focusing on making sure we did everything right so that we could get the green light to be a licensed driver. While some would argue that new drivers are not as experienced as more seasoned motorists and may be more prone to being involved in an accident, the same can be said about older drivers losing touch with traffic laws and becoming more careless, or even daring, when operating a vehicle.
An annual National Drivers Test organized by GMAC Insurance determined that one in five U.S. drivers don’t meet the basic requirements that are necessary to get a driver’s license. According to the survey, about 36.9 million drivers, roughly 18 percent, in our nation wouldn’t pass the written drivers test if they were to take it right now. This makes anyone wonder, “Would I pass?”
All in all, Kansas came out on top with the best ranking, with drivers getting an average score of approximately 82.9 percent. Washington, D.C., had the worst ranking with an average score of 71.8 percent. Any score below 70 was marked as a fail. The results of the driver survey suggest that a significant amount of drivers don’t have the basic driving knowledge necessary to reflect safe driving habits. Without a firm understanding of how to drive safely and abide by traffic laws, numerous motorists are at a heightened risk of being injured or even killed in a motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania.
About 5,130 licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 65, from all 50 states in the nation as well as the District of Columbia participated in the survey. Driver knowledge was calculated through 20 questions from Department of Motor Vehicles exams. For instance, when asked to identify the correct action to carry out when approaching a yellow light, 85 percent of motorists surveyed were not able to and only one-fourth of drivers knew the correct safe following distances. On a national level, the average score of all motorists saw an improvement with a rise from 76.2 percent last year to 77.9 percent this year.
With the results of this survey in mind, give your driving knowledge and habits some thought. Are you doing your part?