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Most and Least Knowledgeable U.S. Drivers, 2010

Based on the average scores on a 20-question driving test commissioned by the GMAC Insurance Company, the most knowledgeable drivers in the U.S. are from Kansas and the least knowledgeable are from New York.

Rank State
1. Kansas
2. Oregon
3. South Dakota
4. Minnesota
5. Iowa
6. Nebraska
7. Indiana
8. Idaho
9. Montana
10. Alaska
11. Washington
12. Wisconsin
13. Oklahoma
14. North Dakota
15. Michigan
16. Missouri
17. Arizona
18. Wyoming
19. Tennessee
20. Maryland
21. Nevada
22. Vermont
23. Utah
24. Colorado
25. Delaware
26. Maine
27. Ohio
28. Virginia
29. New Mexico
30. South Carolina
31. Alabama
32. Georgia
33. Illinois
34. Connecticut
35. Texas
36. Arkansas
37. North Carolina
38. Massachusetts
39. Pennsylvania
40. Mississippi
41. Florida
42. Kentucky
43. New Hampshire
44. Hawaii
45. West Virginia
46. Louisiana
47. Rhode Island
48. California
49. District of Columbia
50. New Jersey
51. New York
Source: General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) Insurance National Drivers Test administered to 5,000 licensed drivers nationwide.

Widespread Bad Driving Habits

According to the GMAC survey:

  • 50% report that they do not know how to merge into heavy traffic.
  • 60% say that they change lanes on a highway without using their blinker.
  • 17% percent of Americans have driven without a rear view or driver's side mirror.
  • 20% do not know that a pedestrian has the right of way at a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  • 25% drivers would roll through a stop sign rather than come to a complete stop.
  • One-third admit they speed up to make a yellow light even when pedestrians are in the crosswalk.

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