Worst drivers in the world – Men vs Woman!

I’m a woman, so naturally when asked about the worst drivers in the world see the King Price blog , I pondered about whether I should address the whole “Are men really better drivers than woman?” issue. If you’re a good journalist or blogger, research has to support your findings, so “aresearching I went”. What I found was rather interesting…

I’m no feminist or pro-gender in any way but in my experience woman do tend to be ditzier drivers. Sorry ladies but its true. Men however have proved to take far more risks driving, tend to break traffic rules and drive at high speeds which result in fatal accidents. The findings that follow are extracted from various surveys and statistical findings from all over the world.

A recent survey conducted in the UK has suggested that driving’s battle of the sexes appears to have been won by women! This is where 90% of the men cough, “Bullsh*t!” What’s even funnier is that the survey found that only 28 per cent of women believed they were better drivers than men – and only 13 per cent of men thought women were better behind the wheel. Psychologically men believe that they are better drivers regardless of any evidence.

However, their stereotypical expectations appear to be wrong, if the study is to be believed.

A small sample of 50 drivers faced in-car assessment, and another 200 were watched from the street at Hyde Park Corner in London. When they were marked on 14 different aspects on driving, women on average scored 23.6 points out of a possible 30, while the men only got 19.8 points on average. According to the survey, women made typical road mistakes far less than men. Just 4% of women tailgated the vehicle in front, compared to 27% of men. A tiny 1% of women cut into traffic dangerously, compared to 14 % of men. And on top of all this, women are apparently more courteous on the road than men – 39% of women were always polite to other drivers, compared to 28% of men.

Interestingly, despite these statistics, men generally overestimated how good their driving was. When asked whether they drove at the correct speed for the situation, 84% said they regularly did – in fact, only 64% actually did.

Driving instructor Neil Beeson, who organised the survey tests, said: “I was quite surprised by the results, because in my experience men have always been the best learners and usually performed better in lessons. However, it’s possible that women have retained the information better. What this report shows is that men need to give their female counterparts their due when it comes to driving. The facts don’t lie.”

So why are women better drivers than men? It’s a great generalisation that men can be more competitive and aggressive and therefore more inclined to drive at faster speeds and to display more risky driving behaviour but there is probably some truth in it.

Motoring organisation, Wunelli, backs this explanation with a study of  ‘black box’ recorders they conducted of 19,000 motorists over 40 million journeys over four years. That’s a pretty good survey and they found that, “Many more men than women die each year in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and more often engage in risky driving practices including not using safety belts, driving while impaired by alcohol, and speeding. Crashes involving male drivers often are more severe than those involving female drivers.”

Whether all these tests and surveys prove that women actually are better drivers is still not entirely clear as men statistically drive more often than woman do, but it goes to show that gender stereotypes aren’t the most scientific theories! 

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