Are Maryland drivers the most improved?
It might not translate into better behavior on the highways, but a national driving test shows that Maryland's drivers made a remarkable improvement in their knowledge of the rules of the road over the past year.
After lagging in the bottom fifth the past two years, Maryland drivers ranked 20th in the 2010 version of the GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test. Maryland's jump from 41st place in 2009 was the largest improvement of any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Maryland had ranked 42nd in 2008. The state's average score jumped from from 74.8 in 2009 to 78.2 this year. The top performers were Kansas drivers at 82.3 percent. The lowest were New York's at 70 percent, narrowly beating the infamous New Jersey drivers in the race to the bottom of the barrel.
According to GMAC, 18.4 percent of the drivers tested would not be able to pass a written driver's exam if they were to take it today. That would work out to about 38 million motorists nationwide.
The highest-scoring states were concentrated in the Midwest and Northwest; the lowest scores were found in the Northeast and South.