General driving safety knowledge – where
Americans are lacking:
• Drivers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are the least knowledgeable; 1 in 5 were unable to pass the written drivers test.
• Drivers in the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes are the most knowledgeable with a failure rate of 1 to 3 percent.
• 1 out of 3 drivers claim to speed up to make a yellow light even when pedestrians are in the crosswalk.
• 1 out of 4 drivers would roll through a stop
sign rather than come to a complete stop.
Fasten your seatbelts: Speeding remains a problem
• Nebraska's drivers are least likely to exceed the speed limit.
• 1 out of 10 drivers regularly drives over the speed limit by 11 or more miles per hour, although 58 percent of drivers feel that driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on the interstate is dangerous.
• Younger drivers (18-24 years old) are most likely to speed; older drivers (65+) are least likely.
More bad driving habits
• 60 percent of Americans say that they change lanes on a highway without using their blinker.
• One-third of Americans have packed their car so tightly that their vision was obstructed.
• 17 percent of Americans have driven without a rear view or driver's side mirror.
• 1 out of 5 drivers do not know that highways are the most slippery just when it starts to rain after a dry spell. Fortunately, 96 percent of those tested say that they know what to do when they hydroplane.
The test was administered by TNS NFO, a custom research company and a provider of social and political polling, www.tns-global.com. Drivers were given a 20-question test representative of a DMV written drivers test typically used to award a driver's permit or license.