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May 21st, 2009
10:52 AM ET

(UPDATE) Kings of the Road Test

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/05/01/aa.how.get.100.mpg/art.cars.afp.gi.jpg caption="Do you know the rules of the road?"]

GMAC's come out with its annual survey of American drivers, and well, the news ain't good!

If everyone with a license took a written drivers test today - about 20% of us wouldn't pass. (I know, I know. You and I are TOTALLY part of the 80%.)

The survey breaks things down by state.

Congrats, co-valedictorians Idaho and Wisconsin. Your drivers' test scores were tops in the nation. New Yorkers - better study up! You're dead last. Everybody else can see where their state ranks here.

Oddly, all 3 states I've lived and driven in are in the bottom 10...

Take the test, and let us know how you do! The Kyra team's going to take it too - watch this space for results.

***UPDATE*** Sadly, we may have contributed to Georgia's poor showing. Our average score: 78.5 - and that got a big bump from AP Jason's perfect 100!


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Freda Byrd-Dixon

    Would someone please tell Cheney to go sit down..enough with the fear tactics and hate. It is time to move forward towards understanding, consideration and respect of all players in the global community. The U.S. will deal effectively with any national or global threat from any and every source, however we must participate as part of this global community not the LONE RANGER.

    Dick Cheney please sit down, close your mouth and find reality in this century, your time is over...done...finished..go home!!!!!!!!!!!!please

    May 21, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  2. Ken De Vito

    The terrorist suspects at GiTMO should start occupying bush's ranch in Crawford Texas with the same about of Security they had for bush... He does not need it anymore – he did a wonderful job...

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  3. Scarlett

    I wish "those" who feel compassion for these terrorists would each take one home and have them be their kids "Nanny" – if they trust them sooooooooooo much!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  4. Jan Fan

    What is the name of our former president? Is he still alive?
    Did we have a president?
    Can someone subject Dick Cheney to enhance interogation and find if it was worth getting the truth ?
    Jan Fan

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  5. bbiswas

    I just heard President Obama and Dick Cheney speaking . Two questions come to my mind:

    1. It is possible that the torture may have foiled terrorist plots. Question is does the end justify the means. We all feel that many terrorist organizations based in Pakistan etc are likely threat to our contry and our security. One means could be just to nuclear bomb that part of the worls and kill few million paople. Does this means justify our safety ? Does the American people want to use this means ?

    2. Why do all the congressman think that United States is so weak that we do not have the means and strength and know how to confine few detainees ? Are we saying that US prison system is not smart enough to keep fre prisoners in safe place ?

    Thanks.

    B. Biswas

    May 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  6. Ajanel

    How can B.O. be deffending the people that attack the u.s.a. and giving alqaeda so much info about our security memos, it seems to me that B.O. is more interested in fixing the past, than the future, he wants to prove that Bush was wrong, what good will that do for us NOW, I also feel that this administration keeps opening cans of warms almost every week,and I see a lack of focus and organization, its like they have ideas every day and run to the media to tell the world their new ideas, I think that this administration is not, does not have what it takes, to run the U.S.A.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  7. Ruth

    Former Vice President Cheney doesn't seem to have any moral values. He thought it was perfectly fine to lie to the American Public about why we were going to war in Iraq. He doesn't think waterboarding is torture. More importantly ,he doesn't mind striking fear into the hearts of Americans by trying to make them believe our current President is using policies that will make this country unsafe. He is dividing this country and putting politics ahead of the peace of mind of its citizens. Why are you giving him time on the air. He's done enough damage to this country already.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  8. Charles

    Bring high-value dangerous terrorist into US prisons may be a very dangerous practice considering the #1 growing religion inside US prisons is Islam. Very though not every person that believes in Islam is a danger to the US those that have been inprisoned may be far more likely to be prone to become dangerous to the US since they have proven their disregard to American law. Of course they it would be the perfect setup for recruitment of sleeper cells since those folks would have time to plan and organize and would not require visas to travel throughout the US once released. Our prison could become effective recruiting stations for homegrown killers and as prisons fill up those killers could be released to organize on the outside. We let prisoners out of the prisons everyday and those that have accepted religion could look like prime canidates for release.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  9. Helen Medio

    If Dick Cheney ever lives somewhere besides "denial land", he will realize the most damage ever done to this country was done by him and George W. Bush and group. I guess it is best he stay in denial, otherwise he could not bare what they have done.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  10. Ligia

    Dear Kyra:
    Love your show.
    I am a bit dissapointed to Candy. I am sure you have noticed her insidiuos way to diminsh the goverment now that we need so badly to trust it.
    I admire you and I think you really are fair.
    Please keep up the good work.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  11. Ajanel

    DICK CHANEY IS RIGHT ON TARGET, AND OBAMA SOUNDED AS IF HE WAS APOLOGIZING FOR HIS LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN THE MATTER WICH IS OBVIOUS, 7 YEARS OF SAFETY IN THE U.S.A. WILL BACK UP DICK CHANEY, ALL B.O. HAS IS HIS YEARS A COMUNITY ORGANIZER.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  12. Maureen Mower

    Well, I guess I'm one of the few native New Yorker's (currently transplanted to PA though) who actually read the driver's manual. My score for this test was 85%, which is actually lower than my original score on the NYC written test.

    I think the problem is not whether one can pass a written test, but whether or not the person actually chooses to obey the rules once they have passed the road test. How many of us roll through stop signs instead of stopping, drive at least 5mph above the posted limit, step on the gas when approaching a yellow signal, etc.?

    Let's face it – we all sometimes think that getting where we are headed a few seconds faster is far more important than following the rules or driving safely. We think like that right up until the moment that we're in an accident. Hopefully we learn the lesson without hurting ourselves or anyone else too badly.

    PS – Hmm – seems I'm the only one who chose to answer the topic. Interesting...

    May 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  13. Josh

    Why are media providing a platform for this loser, Cheney to spill his lies without no followed up questions? We know that he lying, did we loose our spine to stand up, he no longer significant to this country anymore, 9-11 happened on his watch, over 4000 us soldiers has died on unnecessary war in Irag, we're save under Cheney and Bush administration.
    That very strange

    May 22, 2009 at 11:12 am |
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