Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Are Women Better Drivers ?

The battle of the genders is not something that will ever disappear! Neither man nor woman will ever admit that the opposite gender is smarter, stronger, live longer or drive better!

If you do a search for female driving jokes, you are almost guaranteed to find a couple of thousands of results - anything from females that can't parallel park to women who drive away from the petrol station with the gas nozzle still attached to their cars. Most often there is a bottle of mascara and a couple of grocery bags are also involved in the equation!

Do this same search for male drivers and you will probably stumble on a video of a guy smoking his tyres and making a couple of donuts, or worst case scenario, a man who refuses to ask for directions!

However, some insurance companies offer discounts or cheaper premiums for women car insurance policies. Does this not imply that women are better drivers? Being a woman myself, I will try to remain fairly objective on the matter...

I'm pretty sure that my husband would laugh if I tried to convince him that I'm a better driver that him. And he would have all the right in the world to laugh, seeing that he is a motorsport addict with more driving experience than most households when added up together! But on the same subject, he will also tell you that he drives faster than I do, he takes more chances and he gets more easily aggravated with other road users.

Studies have shown that women are more logical thinkers and do things more systematically, would be quite important driving skills! The funny thing is, men tend to blame a lot of issues and mood swings on our hormones, but this rational thinking and logistical way of doing things is actually thanks to your estrogen levels - so in other words... bring on the hormones!

And when it comes to statistics, these numbers don't lie! Who are more often involved in very severe car crashes? Men or women? Who are more likely to quickly rack up a collection of traffic offences? Men or women? I'm sure many men would hide behind their testosterone when having to answer this question, but deep down, they would know the truth!

Interestingly enough, insurance companies reckon that young male drivers, up to the age of 25, are the most reckless drivers on the road. Therefore people in this category will be paying more than an older female would be paying for her special policy in the form of women car insurance.

I think the bottom line is that women are not necessarily BETTER drivers, but they might be a bit more cautious on the road. Chances of seeing two women dice from robot to robot are relatively slim and most road rage cases following a bumper bashing is usually not between two women in mini-skirts!

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