Americans like to drive - but they could be better at it, according to a recent national poll of motorists.
Eighty-one percent of the 500 licensed drivers taking part in the survey said they liked to drive, while only 16 percent said they disliked or hated driving.But not one of the drivers managed to answer correctly all 10 questions put to them on basic driving situations. The average number of correct responses was five.
Drivers age 16-24 answered an average 5.7 of the 10 questions correctly, while those 35 and older got 4.8 right.
The most irksome habit of other motorists was their failure to use turn signals, according to 24 percent of the poll respondents, who cited other bad habits such as cutting off or pulling in front of the driver, 19 percent; driving too slowly, 12 percent; and tailgating, 12 percent.
New York was cited as the city with the nation's worst drivers, followed in order by Los Angeles, California in general, Boston and Chicago.
Thirty-six percent (55 percent female, 45 percent male) said men are better drivers than women, 28 percent said women are better, and 32 percent insisted sex makes no difference in driving ability.
The poll, with an error margin of plus or minus 4-6 percentage points, was conducted by Fleishman-Hillard Research of St. Louis for Valvoline, Inc., a Kentucky-based automotive products company.