TYLER, TX (KLTV) - When it comes to Texas drivers, we're about the middle of the road. GMAC Insurance has released the results of its national driver's test for 2009. Texas ranked 24th.
The top three states were Idaho, Wisconsin and Montana. The worst? Hawaii, New Jersey and New York. So, where would you rank East Texas drivers compared to others across the state and country?
On a scale of one to five, five being the worst, what would your ranking be? Some say East Texas drivers fail miserably.
"The driving is terrible," said Sandra Morris. "I'd give it a five and a five minus."
"I would say about a four," said Carla Colwell. "I don't really care for East Texas drivers at all. It's like every time it rains, they freak out. And, with all the medians now it's a huge problem, making u-turns everywhere it's just awful. I see wrecks everywhere. I hate East Texas drivers."
Some were pretty harsh while others were a little more lenient.
"I would say we're probably a two," said Pam Gabriel. "I think we're pretty good here in East Texas. I think our drivers are very friendly. They're very patient drivers."
"Three," said Mike Tauber. "Right in the middle there."
"[I would give it] probably a three," said Ashley Branch.
"Why three," I asked.
"I don't think people in East Texas drive as good as Dallas or Houston because they're used to the traffic and everything," she explained. "We have some bad ones. We have some text messengers and some people on telephones."
Hmm...I decided to ask the question in a different way.
"If you could rank East Texas drivers, say excellent, watch out and revoke your license, which one would you pick," I asked Sandra Morris.
"Revoke the license," she laughed.
And, interestingly, GMAC Insurance's test concludes more than 40 million American drivers would not be able to pass a written driving exam. The question is, how many of them live here in East Texas?