The States With the Worst Drivers

"We certainly wouldn't suggest that people avoid any place [because of the test]. You ought to be a defensive driver no matter where you are, follow the rules of the road and understand that not everybody out there knows them as well as you do," Bontrager told ABC News when last year's test results came out. "Whether I'm driving in New York or Des Moines, I want to be a defensive driver. Maybe I can breathe a little easier in Des Moines or Idaho than I can in a congested area. But it doesn't change how you should drive."

The Driving Test

The most frequently missed question, year after year, is the proper safe distance to follow another car on the road.

Of course for many people these questions are tough because it's been decades since they took a driving test. But that's not necessarily the reason for the knowledge gap.

Generally speaking, the older the driver, the higher the score. Males over 45 earned the highest average test score. Males also out-performed females overall in terms of average score (78.1 percent male versus 74.4 percent female) and failure rates (24 percent female versus 18.1 percent male).

"Older drivers typically do better. Apparently there's something to age and experience that makes people more familiar with the general rules of the road. Or maybe they all just studied better back then," Bontrager said.

Additional questions from the survey reveal drivers conduct a variety of distracting behaviors behind the wheel; approximately one in four participants admitted to driving while talking on a cell phone, eating and adjusting the radio or selecting songs on an iPod. However, only 5 percent reported they text while driving.

Overall, a significantly higher percentage of females than males reported engaging in the following distracting situations: conversation with passengers, selecting songs on an iPod or CD/adjusting the radio, talking on a cell phone, eating, applying make-up and reading.

The States With the Best Drivers

So where does your state rank? Below is a list of how each state fared from worst to best and their rank from last year. There was a lot of movement from the last test, so study up New Yorkers, there's always next year.

51: New York (51)

50: New Jersey (50)

49: Washington, D.C. (44)

48: California (48)

47: Rhode Island (46)

46: Louisiana (37)

45: West Virginia (28)

44: Hawaii (49)

43: New Hampshire (33)

42: Kentucky (35)

41: Florida (43)

40: Mississippi (39)

39: Pennsylvania (36)

38: Massachusetts (45)

37: North Carolina (20)

36: Arkansas (24)

35: Texas (25)

34: Connecticut (42)

33: Illinois (29)

32: Georgia (47)

31: Alabama (26)

30: South Carolina (40)

29: New Mexico (19)

28: Virginia (21)

27: Ohio (34)

26: Maine (31)

25: Delaware (32)

24: Colorado (15)

23: Utah (7)

22: Vermont (22)

21: Nevada (27)

20: Maryland (41)

19: Tennessee (38)

18: Wyoming (8)

17: Arizona (30)

16: Missouri (16)

15: Michigan (23)

14: North Dakota (13)

13: Oklahoma (17)

12: Wisconsin (2)

11: Washington (18)

10: Alaska (12)

9: Montana (3)

8: Idaho (1)

7: Indiana (22)

6: Nebraska (6)

5: Iowa (9)

4: Minnesota (11)

3: South Dakota (5)

2: Oregon (10)

1: Kansas (4)

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