Do you belong on the road? Take our driver's test.

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Traffic crowds both directions on Interstate 405 on the Westside of Los Angeles, in 2010.

The US is home to more than 211 million drivers, over 250 million passenger vehicles, and nearly 4 million miles of road. More than three quarters of people drive to work every day, and the average American spends more than 100 minutes per day driving.

Why, then, does it seem like so few drivers know the rules of the road? Take our driver's test to see if you belong behind the wheel.

1. You are driving on an Interstate Highway and you accidentally pass your exit. You should:

Cut through the center median to reverse direction

Pull over and reverse to your exit

Continue to the next nearest exit

Use a map app on your phone and look for a new route

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About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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