Experienced drivers stumble over questions on license exam

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Are there days when you feel like the only person on the road who knows how to drive?

I sure have those days.

There may be a good reason.

A recent study by LeaseTrader in conjunction with the Edmunds' Safety Conference held a couple of weeks ago in Washington, D.C., indicates that most experienced drivers may have simply forgotten the basics.

LeaseTrader posed 10 sample multiple-choice questions found on written driving tests across the country to 500 men and 500 women with at least 5 years' driving experience.

The average score was "F."

The more driving experience the respondents had, the more questions they got wrong.

Drivers included in the survey had to earn their license before age 17.

Respondents age 25 to 30 averaged 64% answers correct on the exam and those age 56 to 65 averaged 42% answers correct.

Here are a few sample questions. See how you do.

When you approach a traffic signal displaying a steady yellow light, you must:
A) Go through the intersection before it turns red.
B) Stop if it is safe to do so.
C) Be prepared to stop.
D) Slow down and proceed with caution.

Correct answer: B

Speed limit signs:
A) Represent the maximum speed for ideal driving conditions.
B) Represent the suggested speed for the road or highway.
C) Represent the maximum speed for all driving conditions.
D) May be disregarded if the traffic flow is faster.

Correct answer: A

The question answered incorrectly by the most respondents (72%):

You may not park within how many feet of a stop sign?
A) 10 feet.
B) 25 feet.
C) 15 feet.
D) 20 feet.

Correct answer: B

The question answered correctly by most respondents (76%) has nothing really to do with actual driving:

A driver under 18 yrs. of age arrested for DUI who refuses to submit to a blood alcohol content test will have their license suspended for:
A) Three months.
B) Six months.
C) Four months.
D) Eighteen months.

Correct answer: D

I don't want to put too fine a point on this, but men scored an average of 59% correct while the average score for women was 46%.

It would seem each one of us could be that bad driver we complain about.

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