Are Women Better Drivers?

Oct 25

“Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you.” (From Annie Get Your Gun) The battle between men and women will never cease to amaze people all around the world. Both sexes argue who is better at running, skipping, sports, parenting, and so much more, but what about cars and driving? Now that driving is not just a “guy thing” (ask the infamous Danica Patrick), which sex, on books at least, is the better driver?

Women Win!Apparently, yes, women are better drivers! According to statistics in 2007, it is shown that for driving, it is score one for females in this battle of the sexes. The year 2007 not only shows that 80% of all fatal or serious mishaps were caused by the dominant male, but also that women are 27% less likely to be the cause of accidents. This one statistic alone, ladies, might get your father, husband, brother, uncle, or whoever to keep their mouths quiet, even if only for a little while. Adding to that data, 2007 also shows that the number of men that were involved in car calamities came to a whopping 6.1 million while women that were involved in car wrecks rested at 4.4 million. Now, being a mathematician may not be a strong point of a lot of people, but that is 1.7 million fewer females than males involved in car crashes. It may not seem like much, but to put that number in perspective, 1.7 million more men were involved in car collisions that year than the whole population in the state of Montana!

Along with data and percentages showing how many more crashes men get into than women, men also come out on top as far as receiving more tickets. (It would seem as if men are winning in percentages and numbers that one would not want to be in.) When it comes to people getting tickets for reckless driving, DUIs, speeding, seatbelt violations, stop sign signal violations and failure to yield citations, men are handed more of these citations than women. Blame it on the testosterone, the love for adventure, being a young driver, or just “being a guy,” but whatever the age of the male, they all add to these percentages and studies.

Young gal with keysSo to all the ladies out there, lift your hands in victory! To many studies you have come out on top in this round in battle of the sexes. Let the male in your life know that you can drive just as well as he can. If he disagrees, maybe try some lyrics from country superstar Brad Paisley from his song entitled “The Pants”: “You wear the pants, well buddy good for you. I’m so impressed, yeah whoopty-doo. You need to know, that ain’t how it works. It’s not who wears the pants, it’s who wears the skirt.” Men, don’t be let down or discouraged though (you still kill the spiders in your household, right?)! Plus, who knows, with the population of women drivers increasing, maybe come the year 2020 men will be the better drivers and women will fill that stereotypical spot of being the weaker driver? And hey, if you want some song lyrics to have as well, you can use lyrics from the same country artist, but from his song “I’m Still a Guy”: “Well now what can I say at the end of the day. Honey, I’m still a guy.” Until then, gals and dolls no longer need to be timid in getting behind the wheel. The time is now to show off your mad skills at driving and let the man in your life sit in the passenger seat!




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