How Well Do YOU Know the Rules of the ROAD???

A recent national driving IQ test has proven that “all drivers need a refresher course when it comes to rules of the road”.

Even though the average score of drivers increased from 76.2 percent in 2010 to 77.9 percent this year, results still suggest that a large number of people on the road still don’t know basic driving knowledge, leading to dangerous driving habits. Eighty-five percent of test-takers could not identify the proper action to take when approaching a “steady” yellow traffic light; only a quarter were actually aware of how much space to leave between them and the vehicle in front of them.

Without understanding the correct driving rules of the road, many drivers run the risk of increasing the amount of (close-call) accidents. The mentioned test is put into place to remind drivers to refresh their driving knowledge to prevent such events.

Surveying over 5,000 licensed drivers between the ages of 16-65 throughout all 50 states, including DC, the test included 20 questions taken from recent Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exams. The conclusive data was determined by the percentage of state population, age, gender and ethnicity.

Driver Test Highlights:

  • Men are better drivers: 1 in 4 women failed the test with an average score of 74.1 percent while the males dominated with an average score of 80.2 percent.
  • Northeast is WORST driving region: Average scoring at 74.9 percent; the Midwest is the BEST driving region with an average score of 77.5 percent.
  • “The older, the wiser”: Drivers ages 60-65 maintained the highest average test scores at 80.3 percent.
  • Be extra cautious while driving in the Empire State and Beltway: 1 of 3 (34 percent) of all drivers in New York and Washington DC failed the test; Wyoming was the state with the lowest percentage of failures, with only 1 of 20 (4.5 percent) failing the test.
  • Biggest gains and losses: Colorado recently jumped from 24th place in 2010 to third place with an 82 percent average score. Alaska, however, dropped 30 spots from tenth place in 2010 to 40th place this year with a decreased average test score of 76 percent; past years the state had a 79.8 average success rate.

Think YOU’RE smarter than the average driver? Take the test and compare answers with your friends and family!

Facebook users can take the National Drivers Test Facebook quiz; Twitter users can check out the Drivers Test Twitter page.

How do you think YOU will rank? Contact Wolpert Insurance today to find out about The Safe Driver Insurance Plan (Massachusetts), which lists different types of auto accidents and moving violations, and assigns a “point” value (from 0 to 4) to each type based on the severity of the incident. Drivers with accident-free records pay the lowest possible rates. Those who have had accidents or convictions pay more through surcharges added by SDIP points.

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Published in: on May 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Put Your Distractions Away and Drive Safe. Okay?

Recently, the US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood announced that the number and rate of traffic fatalities in 2010 fell to the lowest levels since 1949, despite the increase in miles traveled during the year.

Last year’s drop in traffic fatalities is [great]news[;] it proves that we can make a difference…Still, too many of our friends and neighbors are killed in [avoidable] roadway tragedies every day. We will continue doing everything possible to make cars safer, increase belt use, put a stop to drunk driving and distracted driving to encourage drivers to put safety first.

-US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood

It has been reported that the number of traffic fatalities dropped 3% between 2009 and 2010, from 33,808 to 32,788. Since 2005, fatalities have dropped 25% from the 43,510 deaths during that year.

The greatest drop in fatalities exist in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, with a 12% decrease. Arizona, California and Hawaii also had one of the steepest declines at nearly 11%.Drive safe

However, for all you New England drivers out there, you are included in one of the only regions that has an INCREASE in fatal car crashes, with an 18% climb.

In 2009, Secretary LaHood launched a national anti-distracted driving campaign, along with a dedicated website, to provide the public with a detailed source of information on distracted driving.

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has also been encouraging the use of Safety Edge technology–which reduces drivers’ risk of running off the road by shaping pavement edges on new roads and highway projects. FHWA has also promoted the use of ‘rumble strips’ and cable median drivers to separate opposing directions of traffic to reduce the incidence of head-on collisions.

To view NHTSA’s latest statistical projections of traffic fatalities in 2010, click here.

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Published in: on April 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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