How much do you remember?
By Deb Acord
Most adult drivers are happy to view their test-taking days in the rearview mirror – and it shows. One in five U.S. drivers couldn’t pass a written driving test if they took it today. The National Drivers Test survey by GMAC Insurance found that 16.4 percent of drivers – nearly 37 million people – could not meet the basic requirements to qualify for a driver's license.
In the seventh national survey, drivers in Kansas came out on top, with an average test score of 82.9 percent. Drivers in Washington, D.C. came in last with a 71.8 percent score.
There was a gender gap. One in four women failed the test, and a little more than one in 10 men failed. The survey polled 5,130 licensed drivers 16 to 65 who were tested with 20 questions from state Department of Motor Vehicles exams.
“All drivers need a refresher course when it comes to rules of the road and it begins with education,” says GMAC’s Scott Eckman.
Would you pass a pop quiz? Test your driving knowledge with these questions from driving tests compiled by GMAC:
1. If a traffic signal light is green and a police officer signals you to stop, you should:
A. Obey the traffic officer.
B. Obey the traffic signal.
C. First obey the traffic officer, then the signal.
D. Do what the vehicle in front of you does.
2. The best way to tell if you are permitted to pass other vehicles is to see if:
A. There is a green flashing light.
B. The road ahead is straight.