The debate about whether men or women who are better drivers is a never-ending one, it probably arises in your own home!
Most people agree that being a good driver means being safe and not violent on the road. The debate some people still hold, however, is who drives better: men or women? Although it’s impossible to say that one gender drives better than another certainly, there are some noteworthy trends.
For as long as I can recollect, men were told, without doubt, are better drivers than women. Despite being a confident female driver, I spent years questioning my ability behind the wheel and frequently admire if it is because I have heard more jokes and stories about bad women drivers. Everyone has their own opinion on the matter and the debate never seems to go away, but new evidence shows who overpower – and it’s not as clear as we would like it to be.
The official ruling statistically states without exception that women are better drivers. Researchers used the data to analyze the risks posed on other road users. Each study was broken into segments and this is what they found.
- Driving Test:
In recent years, the number of women taking their driving tests has increased. Women might be slower to pass their tests, but once they’re on the road, they are less likely to be caught on speeding.
A study shows that male drivers tend to have more total accidents than females, while other research shows women aren’t “perfect” drivers, either.
Both genders have a greater accident risk when driving at night, but males still have a higher risk at all times of the day. It goes to show that everyone should learn and practice safe driving habits instead of worrying about who drives better.
Female drivers check their mirrors more often. They also pay more attention to what’s happening on the road, “They’re consistently looking around. They do not like things around them and that’s great because it creates this protection.”
- Kilometers on the road:
It’s a common misbelieve that men spend more time in the car than women. Men are indeed more likely to rack up the kilometers, as they are more likely to take the wheel on long journeys. However, when it comes to the time in the car, women are more likely to use their vehicles to take the children to school, collect the groceries, run errands, and more. This means the average annual mileage for male drivers is just a small percent more than that of their female counterparts.
Ø Car insurance claims:
With the use of historical data, one can decide on your car insurance premium and the difference is significant. According to the survey of all the insurance claims, more than half percent were put up by men. The reason is that men are very likely to have a high-speed crash on the roads, i.e., the chance of having to pay out to fix or replace their vehicle is far greater.
Women, on the other hand, are statistically more likely to be involved in low-speed, low-impact accidents which tend to occur in safe space such as car parks and slow-moving heavy traffic.
Male drivers also make many theft claims than women, which is more “at fault” claims.
Ø Motoring offenses:
Of more than half a million motoring offenses were committed by men. On average people die every day in road traffic accidents where the driver was male. Male drivers outnumber women in most offense categories around the world.
Ø Bad habits:
Men are more likely to commit the violation by smoking. If you see someone driving without a seat belt, it’s 50 percent more likely to be a man than a woman.
Two driving habits can be seen in both men and women. That is eating while driving and driving barefoot.
Ø Disrespectful behavior:
Men are more likely to undertake, tailgate, not indicate, lane hog, fail to give way, and most worryingly, watch videos on a mobile phone while driving. Although the study on distracted driving found that female drivers are more likely than men to use mobile phones while on the road.
At least another study contradicted the idea that men are better drivers than women are. They found that female drivers were involved in slightly more crashes than men, but the difference was not all that great.
Although the research may have concluded that women can regard themselves as higher once they head out on to the road, it also showed that it takes them longer to get there in the first place.
So, while on the study it looks as women are the superior drivers, is it that easy? There is some distinction in the mode of driving between men and women.
Generally, women tend to be more concerned about the outcome of driving fast and can get themselves into trouble by being overly cautious about motorways. Men on the other hand are less likely to think about the “what ifs”. As a result, they can emerge and are more likely to show dominance by driving more aggressively.
Eventually, everyone could improve their driving skills whether by obeying speed limits or paying more attention to the road rules.
Practically, the discussion shouldn’t be about gender at all. The question should be, are you doing everything you can to keep yourself and others around you safe on the roads? The key is to never be driven to distraction.