Bad Drivers

Study shows NJ drivers' knowledge of road rules is lacking

A nationwide test suggests the northeast has some pretty bad drivers. A study by GMAC Insurance shows drivers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey are the least knowledgeable about the rules of the road. One out of five drivers from New Jersey and other states in the northeastern US failed a two-part test.

GMAC estimated that about one of ten drivers nationwide would fail a written driver's test. Oregon drivers were regarded as the most knowledgeable. GMAC administered the test to nearly five thousand people nationwide.

One out of three admitted speeding up to go through a yellow light even if there were pedestrians in a crosswalk. One-third of drivers said they would operate a car after drinking alcohol if they felt they were OK to drive. Others lacked knowledge about basic rules.