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Women Drivers – Dangerous or not?

Posted in General by Ryan | April 18th, 2013 | 2 Responses |

A study by UK Driving Standards Agency found that 40,863 women failed their driving test due to a “lack of control”while in reverse—only 18,798 men failed for the same reason. Case closed, right? Men are superior drivers. Well, not so fast…

About 94 percent of all crashes involving death or bodily harm involve male drivers. Women tend to be better than men at centering their vehicles while in reverse—3 percent of women can do it properly, compared to only 25 percent of men. Women are even 27 percent less likely than men to cause auto accidents. Men are more prone than women to receive the following violations: reckless driving, DUI, seatbelt violations, speeding, failure to yield, and stop sign/signal violation. Men are also more likely to drive 25 mph over the speed limit and get on the roof of a moving car—no respectable lady would ever do such a thing, right? The most aggressive drivers are men between ages 17-35. Men honk their horns three times faster than women when drivers ahead do not move on a green light. Unfortunately for men, they have more crashes due to driving violations that tend to be more deliberate and risky.

So, case closed. Women are actually the superior drivers. Well, hold up there for a minute. Women are actually more likely to use a cell phone while driving, and 20 percent of all women have admitted to (many are probably lying) putting on makeup while driving. Women also have more crashes than men as a result of lapses in judgment while driving.

The truth of the matter is that both men and women have dangerous flaws when it comes to driving. Men are more agressive (but more decisive). Women are more careless (but also more restrained). What’s your take on this? Please share in the comments! If you need more information to reach a verdict, check out the infographic below:

Are Women Bad Drivers?
courtesy of: Shift Insurance.

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2 Responses

  1. djrosa says:

    hold up 94% of all fatal crashes have men involved what is the statistics for women involved? or more precicely how many percent of lethal crashes only involve male drivers? For instance if 30 cars collide and someone dies and one man drives one of the cars that would increase the statistics for male involvement in leathal accidents but as we cannot see the statistics for female involvement you wont get the full picture. this is the problem with these kinds of statistics they leave out alot of data that are important to get a complete picture.

    but i do concede that male drivers take more risks and drive more agressive while women drive less agressive but with less attention to the road.

  2. gwallan says:

    “Women tend to be better than men at centering their vehicles while in reverse—3 percent of women can do it properly, compared to only 25 percent of men.”

    Are you sure?