Learn the Rules of the Road

Sherrill Fulghum By Sherrill Fulghum, 24th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are many days when it is apparent that drivers do no know the rules.

Learn the Rules of the Road

When we learned that my brother was once again going to be stationed in Iraq for a one year deployment, we were all naturally concerned as to how safe he would be. He assured us all that he would indeed be safe – 97% safety factor; that’s a lot safer than crossing the street in many cities in the United States.

On a number of occasions when I have stood on a street corner or tried crossing the street, I have had more than a few close calls with drivers who apparently didn’t know what a red light was for or how to pay attention where they were driving.

I do not drive a car, I never have and never will; but it seems that I know more about the laws of the road than many people who have a driver’s license. And according to a new survey of drivers across the nation, it proves that I am correct. According to the survey conducted by GMAC Insurance, one in every five drivers across the nation would fail their driving test if they had to take it again. That number translates into nearly 37 million people on the road!

According to the survey 85% of drivers do NOT know what to do when approaching a light that is already yellow; 25% don’t know the safe distance for following another car.
While often accused of being the worst drivers on the road, drivers over 60 passed the survey with an average of over 80%. The area of the country that scored the lowest of passing scores were those in our nation’s capitol – Washington DC. And many of those are driving other people around!

GMAC tested over 5,000 licensed drivers from all 50 states plus the Washington DC area using 20 questions from tests issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

A lack of knowledge of the basic rules of the road combined with texting and talking on mobile phones has made crossing streets, walking along the roadside, and in some cases even using pedestrian walkways even more dangerous. And as we prepare for the winter weather, many pedestrians find themselves in the streets because the sidewalks are buried in snow...sometimes as much as two feet high.
Americans are constantly being told that our military personnel are in war zones to protect our freedoms…what about my freedom to cross the street safely? Who is protecting that???

It is a sad day indeed when my brother stationed in the war zone is safer than I am on the streets of a city in the United States.


Driving, Driving Rules, Road Rules, Road Safety

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Sherrill is an award winning journalist with a speciality in music and entertainment. She is also a photographer.

Sherril is a writer for thedailyvoice news.com

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author avatar WOGIAM
24th Oct 2014 (#)

Driving and road rules are enforced stricter here in the UK, but still there are so many people who should not be behind the wheels of anything that moves who drive and ride around daily. They are a menace to society really.

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
24th Oct 2014 (#)

The US is a car oriented society and there are days when I wonder if some people even took the test. And unfortunately a license renewal only requires an eye test and not a refresher course.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
24th Oct 2014 (#)

very nice post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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