MIAMI – Inspired by low scores experienced drivers had on common practice questions, LEASETRADER set out to poll other American drivers to get a better picture. Making it even more interesting, the results were different between men and women as one gender had a higher percentage of correct answers on the sample test.
Through LeaseTrader, 500 men and women each with at least five years of driving experience took turns answering the same 10 sample questions found on written driving exams nationwide. Those with the most driving experience – more than 20 years – scored nearly 18 % lower than younger drivers. Men averaged 59% of correct answers while women answered just 46% correct.
Men had the most difficult time answering a question addressing the procedure for approaching a stopped school bus on the other side of a divided highway. While most men answered that you should watch for children and be ready to stop, the correct answer is to stop and wait until flashing red lights are off.
Women had the most difficult time with a question addressing the appropriate speed limit on primary and secondary state and federal highways. While most women said the speed limit is 65 mph, the correct answer is actually 55 mph.
The more driving experience people had, the worse they scored on the questions. Drivers of more than 20 years scored an average of 46% correct; between 10-20 years of experience scored 58 % correct; and between 5-10 years, 64% correct. Not one person scored every question correct and more than three-quarters of the entire exam population answered four or more questions incorrectly — thus a failing grade.
“It may be time to take a closer look at the way in which we test drivers,” said Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds.com. “The United States has a far less rigorous training and testing process than many developed countries — and a much higher per capita rate of fatal accidents.”