Have you ever gotten into and argument with your counter part over who is a better driver?
Better yet, if you are a female have you ever heard a man make the remark, “That must have been a woman driver?”
First of all, let’s take a look at some statistics that I have located on line that will help this investigation.
“Men are more than twice as likely to die in a car crash than women, consider the yearly statistics shown below. In fact, studies have shown as many as 73 percent of all people killed in car accidents are male. Since record keeping began: male fatalities significantly outweigh female fatalities. However men and women do not drive the same number of miles under the same conditions- men do about 60-65% more driving than women. Studies show that woman take shorter trips and female drivers have a greater number of minor crashes than do men. However men are still 70% more likely to be in a serious crash.
Car Crash Stats:
Persons Killed, by Sex: Male, Female in 2006Male Drivers Killed Female Drivers Killed 29,72212,747Total Both Sexes: 42,469173 Drivers Unknown Sex Not Included
What accounts for this disparity?
Some researchers believe the explanation is to be found hormones related to aggressiveness, others put more emphasis on data such as the measurably greater alcohol use among men while driving.” Source: http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/car-crash-men-woman.html
In analyzing the above statistics, at first glance, you might think that female drivers are in fact better drivers then male drivers. However there are a lot of other factors that come into play here, such as age, road conditions, number of miles driven and whether or not drugs or alcohol was involved.
I believe that men are more apt to be risk takers as opposed to women. Most men thrive on racing their cars and like to be a show-off especially when they are young. However, it could be true at any age level for a male.
The difference of distractions for males and females are: Women will put on make-up, pray, and drink Lattes while driving. Whereas, men will shave, smoke nasty cigars and flirt with cute women while driving.
According to statistics by: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809967.PDF, women were at an 8% ratio and men were at a 5% in 2005 of having a cell phone up to their ear while driving.
I won’t discuss distracting arguments that men and women can get into while behind the wheel! I think that is a fair game stat.
Do women move over and let the man do the driving most the time? If so, why?
According to the stats, men take the longer trips and drive more frequently then women do.
I know, that I don’t like to drive in busy cities such as Chicago, New York and any other big city. I would much rather my mate does this task.
Does this make him a better driver, maybe. Big city driving can be very frustrating and challenging for any driver. Some people both men and women have done it for years and think nothing about it, but accept it as a part of their daily routine.
Other reasons that a female may give up the drivers seat ranges from, she didn’t pay for the car, she don’t want to hear her mates criticism, she may just hate driving all together.
I think that men and women approach driving differently. Men will generally tend to plan their route ahead of time and know when to turn. Whereas, women will decide at the last minute to get over and make her turn.
Both men and women don’t have the same frustration or patience levels when it comes to other drivers on the road. A man will more than likely have a totally different view of things while driving then the women does.
Men are more often to be aware of the road conditions and will also think ahead in bad storms. Which also means, men will be more apt to chance driving in a storm then a woman.
So, according to the investigation, it appears that men may just be better drivers then women!
I wish that if men want to be critical of women drivers, can you at least be a little more tolerant and helpful. Instead of bashing us for our inadequate driving skills, try to give us some helpful constructive tips instead of making it a male-female contest.
I mean come on, don’t we all have the same goals in mind: Driving safely? It does not help anyone to be critical while they are at the wheel. There is a big difference on having to speak up in an emergency as opposed to criticizing someone for a way you would not park a car or changing lanes too late or too soon.
If you want a woman to learn to drive defensively, don’t put her on a defensive toward you by being critical.
I hope this article has given everyone some insight about male and female drivers and I hope that men will try harder to make women feel more comfortable about their driving skills and encourage them to become better drivers if necessary.