Can I Turn Right On Red?

We also stink in driving ability. Shocking.

GMAC Insurance Group tested 5,524 drivers online nationwide with 20 questions from state motor vehicle exams.

Georgia’s score was dismal, ranking 47 out of 50, marking the third year the state has fallen in the poll. South Carolina ranked No. 39.

Industry analysts were at a loss to explain Georgia’s low score, but Julie Pulliam, a spokeswoman for the American Insurance Association, said the state’s slack driver’s education requirements might play a role.

7 comments

  1. Doug Deal says:

    My favorite pet driving peave is people who stop at flashing yellow lights and run lights that have stopped working altogether.

    I once was behind some braniac in Lawrenceville during a power outage, who was waving people from the flashing red side to cross a 4 lane road with a flashing yellow but would completely run the lights that were completely out. She very nearly single handedly caused a half dozen major accidents. Luckily the cars in the other lanes and coming the other directions had decent brakes (myself included).

    Driving is not about courtesy, it’s not about making up rules that you think are better, it’s about following the known rules of the road so that other people do not have to guess what stupid thing you are going to do next.

  2. joe says:

    In the last year, I have traveled to Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Texas, Iowa, and Illinois. Georgia drivers are better than all of those. Any test, however, that requires reading comprehension is clearly designed to represent Georgia poorly.

  3. Lady Gator says:

    In Savannah, drivers who have to make a left turn in about 15 to 20 miles get in the left lane and slow down in order to make that turn in 15 to 20 miles.

  4. Tekneek says:

    Driving is so easy that I am routinely astounded by how many drivers cannot grasp the basics. They cannot figure out stop signs, traffic lights, turn signals, parking spaces, etc. As easy as it is to do these things, I am left wondering how they can even function.

    The most disappointing is when I see vehicles with “Educator” tags that don’t have a clue.

  5. Bill Simon says:

    Senator Eric Johnson would claim that it was because we have so many drivers who don’t have any intention of attending college taking the test and bringing down the average scores for all driving students.

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