At least according to The 2006 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test. (cnn.com) Rhode Island tops (bottoms ?) the list (cnn.com) as the state with the "dumbest drivers" and Oregon (pat yourselves on the back Lise & Guru) as the state with the smartest drivers. As a NJ driver, I am mildly surprised that we weren't the worst state.
You can take the test here (gmacinsurance.com) if you so desire. I just did and got a 90.
Maryland came in at 46th and I'm not surprised. The things that drivers do here just boggle my mind.
I got 95% on the test, only getting #13 "wrong." It's a trick question to a Maryland resident because
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the right answer is "Always" according to the news.
In my county alone there are about 100 or so pedestrian deaths every year due to pedestrian error and they keep stressing to us in the news that that we have to yield to them always. I chose A for marked crosswalks because I've never seen an unmarked crosswalk in Maryland before. Maybe because it's not marked? I don't know.
"You want to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing?" --Toby, West Wing
Only got 90%, marked uphill like a doofus. Would liked to have seen a question on whether turn signals are optional or not.
On a side note, our daughter turns 16 this summer and we are teaching her how to drive. A great way to demonstrate Einsteins "Theory of Relativity." God do I feel old.
On a side side note. With a written statement, 14 year olds can get a farm use license. Amazing how many get them living in Wichita. And a restricted at 15. Also abused. WE didn't let our daughter get one as we didn't think she was mature enough. I am getting old.
(edited by DrDirt on 7.6.06 1411) Perception is reality
90%. Seriously. I got the Pedestrian question right though. I didn't understand what the headlights question was asking me.
In the real world, WWE believes that no matter what our race, religious creed or ethnic background in America, we all share the common bond of being Americans. American-Arabs are a part of the fabric of America, and they should be embraced by all of us.
I have to turn left across a highway to get home at night, and I have to cross in front of cars. You wait until it is safe, not until all cars have passed. It's uncontrolled - I'd never leave work if I waited for all cars ever.
I only go down there once a year for work now, so I'm sure others will have better answers than me, but if you want to spend the money, The US National Whitewater Center (usnwc.org) is a fun place to go.