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Are We Dumb Drivers?

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
You are certainly aware of the recent report ranking D.C, Virginia and Maryland drivers among the dumbest in the nation. The same report also noted that a substantial number of current drivers would not be able to pass the written test for new drivers.

I'd like to suggest that you consider regularly including in your column a Q and A or two from the test for one or more of the three jurisdictions. You would be rendering a genuine service to the region. It might not get you a Pulitzer (OK, it definitely won't), but I'll bet you'll gain the gratitude of lots of folks, drivers and pedestrians alike.
Myron L. Hoffmann

Here are a couple from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration driver test tutorial:
1) When passing another vehicle, you may legally exceed the posted speed limit:
a) Never.
b) For one-quarter mile.
c) As long as it takes to safely pass the other vehicle.

2) When changing lanes a driver should:
a) Use the turn signal.
b) Check only the inside rear view mirror.
c) Start the lane change and let the other drivers make a gap when they see you coming.

3) If the vehicle you are driving starts to hydroplane, you should:
a) Pump the brakes to slow the vehicle.
b) Ease off accelerator, do not brake, steer where you want to go.
c) Increase speed slightly.

I'll post the answers on a new entry later, but I know most of you will say these are no-brainers. But think of how many drivers who would score 100 percent on the written test and 0 on the road.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 28, 2008; 6:25 AM ET
Categories:  Driving  
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