GMAC Insurance has conducted something called the National Drivers Test, and we're sorry to say that our friends in New York didn't fare so well. This is perhaps because many of them don't drive.
The test evaluated participants' knowledge of road rules and discovered that more than 1 in 5 drivers would fail a written driving exam if it were administered today. Given what we see at rush hour in our own neighborhood, we think this figure is a little low.
At the top of the National Drivers Test heap we find Idaho (1), Wisconsin (2), and Montana (3)--not surprisingly, places with serious winter weather that require a lot of roadway know-how and attention behind the wheel. All the way at the bottom: New York (50), New Jersey (49), and Hawaii (48).
It's hard to wag a finger at folks in New York, especially when millions of them make use of NYC's excellent public transportation systems. And we can only assume that folks in Hawaii are too busy surfing and enjoying the generally beautiful weather to coop themselves up in cars. New Jersey drivers...well, we're sure they have some excuse. Likely, dodging the folks from New York.