How smart are drivers in America? Not very, according to the 4th annual GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test. 33 million licensed Americans would not pass a written drivers exam if taken today and may be unfit for the roads!
But where are the smartest and dumbest drivers? We count down the states that scored lowest to a new No. 1 dumbest-driver state and then reveal where the smartest drivers reside. So strap on your seat belts and see if your state is among the dumbest.
Maryland residents' ranking plunged from middle of the pack in 2007 to the bottom 10 this year.
Eighty-four percent of Americans could not identify the correct action to take when approaching a steady yellow traffic light, and 73 percent could not properly identify a typical safe following distance from the car in front of them.
Residents of Hawaii may live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, but their driving skills could use some help.
Fortunately, nearly all respondents (98 percent) know what to do when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches, what to do when hydroplaning and the meaning of a solid yellow line.
If Magnolia State residents don't have enough to worry about, they also have to deal with many poor drivers.
Approximately three in five Americans believe that permit or license applicants should be required to take a standard, national written driver's test with questions applying to all 50 states.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), preliminary crime data released by the FBI contains some positive news on the vehicle theft front. Not only is 2007 on track to be the fourth consecutive year of declining vehicle thefts, but if the preliminary figure of -7.4% holds, it will be the largest single year percent drop in thefts since 1999.
But that may be small comfort to the cities on this list. Click through our gallery as we count down the top 20 areas for vehicle theft in America.