Have you ever notice that there are bad drivers all around you?
New results show nearly half of the 500 drivers who took a quiz of 20 driver’s test questions failed to get a passing score of 80%, according to results released last March by CarInsurance.com.
The questions, drawn from state practice tests, covered basics such as signs and rights of way. The questions missed most often involved when to stop for school buses and pedestrians. (You can take the Driver’s License Quiz for yourself to see how you compare.)
Women averaged a score of 78%, compared with 71% for men. And experience seems to help: Drivers under age 40 scored an average of 67% correct, and those over 40 scored an average of 79%
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When it comes to detecting objects, rearview cameras outperform parking sensors.
In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, which, among other things, required that all new cars sold in the U.S. come equipped with devices to enhance rear visibility. According to the terms of the bill, the Department of Transportation had until 2011 to set standards for those devices and establish an implementation policy.
Mandating the devices was a noble act, designed to prevent hundreds of accidental deaths and injuries — often those of children too small to be seen by drivers in large vehicles like SUVs. Unfortunately, despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s repeated insistence that rearview cameras are coming, the rollout keeps being delayed. Last fall, in the wake of reports that the DOT wouldn’t issue a ruling on the matter until 2015, safety advocates sued the agency for dragging its feet.
Part of the DOT’s reluctance to address the issue may be lingering concerns about the effectiveness of rearview cameras versus other technological solutions to backover injuries and deaths. If so, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety should put those concerns to rest.
While luxury cars get the most attention, the vehicles below are equally disserving. Check out these great cars at great prices.
There are plenty of great cars available on luxury dealers’ lots. Harder to find are really great, fun cars at prices starting below $25,000. The car critics at Kelley Blue Book chose these as their 10 favorite cars at below-average prices.
The Scion FR-S, a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive sports car designed and engineered by Toyota and Subaru, takes the top spot in this list for the second year in a row. It’s far from the fastest or most powerful car in the world, but that’s not the point.
“The FR-S is a perfect example of how finesse can be more fun than brute force,” KBB says.
All prices in this gallery are Kelley Blue Book’s “Fair Purchase Price” for a base model without options. This price, which is calculated based on what buyers actually pay, is usually lower than the sticker price.
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