Study Finds 1 in 5 Drivers Unfit to Drive

Posted on June 8, 2011

A recent survey from GMAC Insurance concludes that about 20 percent of all drivers on the road are unfit for the road. That would equate to 37 million drivers. Unqualified is defined as unable to take and pass a driver’s test. GMAC concludes that in Florida the average score is 76.5 percent while it takes a 70 percent to pass, ranking Florida 37th among all states. The survey of drivers finds the worst region for drivers is the northeast, while men generally scored better than women and older drivers better than younger ones.

But don’t be too assured. Eighty-five percent of drivers didn’t know what to do when they approached a steady yellow traffic light. Only one in four is aware of how much distance is safe between cars following each other. This is basic information that all of us should know.

The poll included responses from 5,130 licensed drivers ranging in age from 16 to 65 from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. New York had placed last for three years in a row and moves to the 45th position. Washington D.C ranked the lowest in 51st place.

You can take the National Drivers Test for yourself on the GMAC website (the link is at the bottom of the blog).

Two things you can do every time you drive to prevent being involved in a Florida car crash are: Avoid distracted driving and require everyone in the car wear their seat belts. Distracted driving crashes are blamed for 5,474 fatalities and 448,000 injuries in 2009, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving led to 16 percent of overall traffic fatalities in 2009.

Farah & Farah has been helping people injured in traffic crashes since we opened our doors in 1979. Our Lake City car accident attorneys always have an open door policy to anyone who wants to come in and discuss their options with no obligation.


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