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18 percent fail driving test PDF Print
Sunday, 18 November 2007 22:42

One in six drivers would flunk their driver’s test if they had to take it today, a GMAC Insurance study released last week indicates.

That’s 36 million drivers nationwide. 18 percent of drivers tested by GMAC failed- dropping the national average score to 77.1 percent. In 2006, only 9 percent of the respondents failed.


When compared to other states, North Carolina was in the top 20. North Carolina ranked 13th, behind states like Idaho, Alaska, Montana and Oregon, with a statewide average of 78.5 percent.


The statistics don’t surprise local state trooper Sgt. Derek Dawson. In fact, since the survey was only aimed at licensed drivers- it didn’t target some of the most dangerous people on the highways.


“The people of the state of North Carolina would be quite amazed at how many people are operating vehicles beside them and around them on a daily basis that do not have a driver’s license, that are impaired due to medicines, drugs or alcohol, or are driving without insurance,” he says.


You don’t have to be impaired to err on the roads.


One common mistake people make is being slow in the left lane when not about to turn. On a four lane highway- slow traffic should stay in the right lane.


“A lot of folks will get in that left hand lane and drive forty-five or fifty miles an hour in a fifty-five mile per hour zone, and it’s called impeding traffic,” he says.


The second common driving error he sees in the high country involves turning right when someone is turning left at the end of a two-lane road.


“The one making the right turn will pull beside the one taking the left turn and obscure his vision to make his right turn,” Dawson says.


If there’s a double yellow line and no turning lane- that’s called passing on the right.


Dawson says be vigilant- because troopers are watching.


States with the worst averages, according to GMAC, include Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and New York.


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