New Jersey drivers among least knowledgable in the nation

    Update: Well, Feeders, two of our Feed writers, myself included, decided to take the National Driving Test to see how we stack up. You can check out our results below.

    Original report: New Jersey drivers could use a little help on the road. A GMAC Insurance survey confirmed what Philadelphians have been saying about Garden State drivers for years: New Jersey drivers aren’t very knowledgable about the road.

     

    The survey tested the nation’s drivers and revealed New Jersey motorists scored among the lowest on driving knowledge — ahead only of drivers in Maryland, Hawaii and Washington D.C.  Survey results indicate, on average, men score higher than women. Older drivers also score better than the youth. But, as the Star-Ledger cited, nearly one in fiver drivers “cannot meet the basic requirements” to get a license.

    Feed Bloggers’ National Driving Test Results:

    Feed Blogger Shannon McDonald

    Background: Native Philadelphian, driving almost daily for eight years

    Score: 85 percent

    Questions wrong: highway merging speed, which lights to use in fog, safe following distance (erred on the side of caution!)

    Feed Intern Vaness Martinez

    Background: Native Philadelphian, driving about twice a month since last year

    Score: 75 percent

    Questions wrong: meaning of a diamond-shaped sign, what it means to drive defensively, highway merging speed, safe following distance (erred on the side of caution!), what to do at a steady yellow light

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