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Survey: One in six licensed American drivers fail to pass written portion of DMV test

Posted On Fri, May 27, 2011

The results of a new study suggest that a significant portion of motorists may not have the skills needed to be considered a safe driver.

According to GMAC Insurance and its National Drivers Test, 36.9 million licensed American drivers - approximately one in five motorists - would not pass the written portion of their DMV test if they were to take it today.

Each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia were represented by a national sample of 5,130 licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 60. They were given 20 questions taken from actual DMV tests.

Scott Eckman, chief marketing officer of GMAC Insurance, said education is a crucial part to road safety.

"All Americans need a refresher course when it comes to rules of the road and it begins with education," said Eckman. "We're hoping this year's results encourage people to arm themselves with the knowledge they need to stay safe."

Northeast drivers had some of the worst driving test scores, while Midwest motorists fared the best, with an average score of 77.5 percent.

Lacking road knowledge can have a financial impact on drivers, as premiums may rise on one's auto insurance policy after being involved in an accident.

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