Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Could you pass a written driver's test?

Another reason to hate "pop quizzes": Youngest Son will soon apply for his driver's license; I don't know whether he will place out of either the written or "on road" examination.

But I saw an article on the Chicago Tribune website about a drivers' test offered by GMAC Insurance and it got me to thinking... and clicking. According to Mary Ellen Podmolik's article, Wisconsin and Idaho drivers achieved the highest average scores on this web-test (which you can access by following this link). But drivers in these states averaged only correct answers on only 80.6% of the questions.

Surely, I thought, I could do better.

As it turned out... well... I didn't do as well as I expected. Here are my results:

My 16 out of 20 right answers (80%) was only slightly better than the average achieved by Illinois drivers (76.5%).

On the other hand, I scored better than the average driver in all but six states... and the District of Columbia. (View the test results here.) So, as Bill Murray said in Caddyshack, I've got that working for me....

How would you do on this test? Leave your score (the honor system is in effect) in the comments. We'll therefore call this an...


Dave said...

I'm less interested in a score on a written test than whether a driver is steady and sure behind the wheel.

Thinking back, I was a God awful driver when I was a kid, having passed the Michigan test with a perfect 100%. Coupled with my lack of fear of mortality and perfect reflexes, it took a while (a decade or so) to realize that experience is valuable.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

85. do i win a prize? is it cake?

smiles, bee

Shelby said...

90 percent. seems I'm way above average for my state that came in dead last.

that, i can believe.