Survey: Hub drivers are bit better than New Yorkers
The driving habits of Boston motorists are legendary - in the Hub, road rage is an art form - but locals can take heart: By one measure, they're doing a bit better than their Big Apple counterparts.
That is one data point that can be taken from a survey titled the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test; it concluded that 20.1 percent of licensed Americans, or roughly 41 million drivers, would not pass a written drivers test exam if they took the test today.
GMAC Financial Services is a bank holding company whose financial-services specialties include automotive finance.
By GMAC's lights, Idaho and Wisconsin, which hitherto had been famous, respectively, for spuds and cheese, are also home to the nation's best drivers. Think you're a good driver? Take the GMAC test yourself by clicking here.
"Idaho and Wisconsin drivers tied for first in the nation, with an average test score of 80.6 percent," GMAC said in a press release. "New York drivers ranked last, with an average score of 70.5 percent. This is the second time Idaho ranked first and the second time New York has ranked last in the survey’s five-year history."
The Massachusetts ranking on the survey was 45th place, ahead of such states as California, New Jersey, and dead-last New York, according to the GMAC release.
In terms of driving skills, Americans from all states may be dumbing down, with this year's test scores lower than last year's, GMAC said.
"When we began this campaign five years ago, we embarked on a mission to help drivers become more aware of the rules of the road," Wade Bontrager, senior vice president of GMAC Insurance's Affinity Division, said in a statement. "We’ve seen the results ebb and flow, and this year, scores are down. This reiterates the fact that each and every one of us need to continually be brushing up on safe driving practices."
GMAC Insurance said its survey was administered by TNS, a market information firm, and the survey sample was made up of 5,183 licensed drivers nationwide.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)