Wednesday, May 28, 2008

MAY 28, 2008

A new survey (by the GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test) found that 16.4% of American drivers wouldn't pass the written portion of the DMV test if they took it today. That's 33 MILLION Americans who don't know the rules of the road.

But let's see if you do. Here are the two questions that tripped people up the most:

What should you do when you approach a steady yellow traffic light?
A.) Run it before it turns red.
B.) Stop if it is safe to do so.
C.) Slow down and proceed with caution.

If you said A or C, you're wrong... but so were most people. 84% of drivers didn't know that when you approach a steady yellow... you should stop if it's safe to do so.
Here's the other question that stumped drivers: What is a safe following distance?

A.) Ride the bumper of the person in front of you to make them go faster.

B.) Leave a 3-second cushion.

C.) Leave a 10-second cushion and hold up traffic.

73% of drivers got this wrong. The correct answer is B. You're supposed to leave a 3-second cushion between you and the car in front of you. That means that when the car in front of you passes a sign... it should take 3 seconds before you pass the same sign.

A new survey from Nationwide insurance found that 80% of people talk on their cell phones while driving. Surprisingly, we can't blame young people on this one...

While 60% of teens admit to using their cell phone while driving... older people are even worse. 80% of people between the ages of 31 and 44 talk on the phone while driving.

And this is even more disconcerting: 40% of drivers between the ages of 16 and 30 are so busy reading, composing, and sending text messages, that they don't watch the road.

Overall, 40% of people say they almost hit another driver, or were almost hit by one, because they weren't paying attention to the road while they were on the phone.

If you're out looking for a job and you've made it to the interview, don't mess it up by doing something stupid. This survey from Career Builder lists the common mistakes you want to avoid on a job interview. Here they are:

30% of hiring managers surveyed said that a big mistake is not providing specific answers.

44% said that they were turned off by an applicant who appeared arrogant.

48% of managers said that they were disappointed in applicants who appeared disinterested in the job they were applying for.

49% did not appreciate the applicant bagging on their old job.

And the most common mistake that 51% of hiring managers say applicants make is... dressing inappropriately.