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Car accident prevention iniative reveals car rule knowledge gap

Driver training and licensing programs are designed to ensure drivers know the rules of the road before getting behind the wheel. Despite these efforts, new figures from ICBC suggest that many people in British Columbia may have less knowledge of these rules than they should. The news comes after reviewing the results of a car accident prevention initiative, where 45,000 people across the province took an online knowledge test.

The test reflected questions that would be asked to someone seeking a learner's permit. To obtain a learner's permit, one would need to answer 80 percent of questions correctly. According to ICBC, 40 percent of the people who took the test online failed. The average score across the province was 79 percent, lower than the needed score to pass the test.

ICBC noted that the results reflect the reality that many people who have been driving for decades may forget certain rules over time. Questions where people had the most difficulty related to behaviour around emergency vehicles and how far to stay behind another vehicle. Certain street signs also tripped up some test-takers.

The results were not all discouraging, as almost all people who took the test in British Columbia scored perfectly on questions related to distracted driving. Distracted driving has contributed to 34,000 tickets across the province in the last year, so ICBC was encouraged that people were aware of these laws. Those who have been in a car accident due to people not following the rules of the road should contact a B.C. lawyer for support in insurance claims and other legal actions.

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