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Posted On: February 28th, 2015    To  Auto Insurance, Car Accident, Road Accidents

Can women be better driver than men? The statement or rather the question to most would sound like a topic of a debate. While discussing the benefits of a sedan over an SUV or preference between an Audi and a Honda may sound harmless and free flowing, discussions about who is better on the wheel between the two sexes, is more likely to hurt sentiments of each of the sexes if and when people dabble into it. Brickbats and bouquets will always be there during such debates. And undoubtedly the argument stays around us ceaselessly – has been and will.

Who Is Better On Wheels

Information says women are better

Evidence from the world around us gives us data. And when we analyze that data, we get information. There is enough information around us that tilts the needle towards women being better than men on the wheel. Ambulances ferry more men folk from roads and hospitals treat more men folk than women. Whatever number of women victims you find here, can safely be attributed to the male driver on the wheel. If you look at the accident trials in the courts, you would see that courts try more men folk than women. When you study the insurance companies’ tariffs, you find that the premiums differ between the sexes. The premiums for women are likely to be lower than the men falling in same age brackets, regardless of brand or size of the vehicle. Younger girls may see higher tariffs, nevertheless with the right strategy in shopping they are likely to strike a deal more competitive than the boys same age.

Accidents caused by women are less

Since time immemorial, women are known to be far more caring, watchful and are also known to dabble in the activities that men do. Therefore many of us believe that this makes women more careful on the wheels. They not only take more care of the near and dear ones as much as anyone else out there on the road, more than her male counterpart. By nature, women would not get into any demonstration of might on the road. When the insurance companies offer them a lower premium and greater discounts, they are no fools; they go by the data, by statistics, which clearly tells them who carry more risk and who cause more injuries. Men counter that all drivers ought to be considered equal on this front though. They do not find reason to shoulder the difference in costs of the insurance companies. Statistics reveal that men are the ones to jump more number of traffic lights, they are responsible for breaking the motoring guidelines more often than the women folk, they break laws and earn more number of traffic tickets. The number of women drivers is comparably less than men involved in such incidents. Women are not often seen to be overtaking dangerously. Data and statistics reveal that women demonstrate more responsibility on the roads and demonstrate compliance to automobile insurance requirements. They are far less aggressive than the other sex. Women are far more observant while on the wheel which automatically translates into the fact that the accidents caused by women are less than half of what men do. As indicated earlier, for ages women have been seen to be more caring and more protective of children, elderly and men alike. Armed with all such maternal instincts, it is not so much a surprise to imagine them as comparably safer. While with the younger generation, you will not find this clicking, yet it is not uncommon to see elder sisters ferrying younger siblings and mothers carrying children in a car to schools and elderly to places. And this makes them to drive with more care, following the road signs more diligently even when they were younger with lesser liability. Men find it difficult to assess the liability they carry on their shoulders – it is by nature – they are easily more aggressive and will go to extents to prove their might over another. Secondly women value their jobs comparably highly and they consider a road accident to jeopardize the life to an irreparable loss which has surfaced as reason for their safer driving attribute.

Distracted Driving

You are sure to find arguments in favor of men being better drivers. Mostly such observation would be on following subjects:

  • Men do not spend time on make up while on the wheel; women do and cause crashes
  • Men are not perturbed by kids’ activities on the back seat; women tend to discipline them while on the wheel; attention diversion
  • Women are deprived of sleep and thus cause crashes. Huh!?
  • Women form only 1% of all the race drivers. So?
  • Of all the drivers, women make only a fraction. Well is that the question here?
  • Accidents caused by male drivers in the last quarter of the century has decreased substantially. Hmmm!
  • Accidents caused by female drivers in the last quarter of the century has increased substantially. Really?

The above arguments may not hold water in the face of reliable and competent data.

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10 Comments

  1. Travis Andreson says:

    Men and women exhibit different mental that influences their driving behavior. For example (rule-breaking) behavior is more common in man than in women. Men usually have greater frequencies of traffic rules violation nature, including speed limit, traffic control, and drunk-driving. On other hand women are more influenced by (careless behavior) careless driving such as taking phone while driving, ignoring seat belts and most common thing is taking snacks while driving? Both have almost different mental adaptation while driving .so finally there is no conclusion for this because two things efficiency are compared when there is similarity between them. Things cannot be compared accurately unless they have some similarity

    • autoadmin says:

      Well, I note your point. But, you need to be careful and watchful in spite of everything whatever you have mentioned.

  2. James smith says:

    Though there are differences between male and female driver, but that doesn’t mean men (or women) are superior, it all depends upon control while driving. “There is only a perception that “men are better drivers”, even though there’s no basis for it,” Driving is a skill-based activity. The car doesn’t know whether the foot on the gas pedal belongs to a man or a woman. These gender-based differences can’t be used to conclude that a particular sex is better behind the wheel. As a group, men seem to have the edge when it comes to car handling, but women appear to have a better judgment than men.

    • autoadmin says:

      Thanks for your valuable reply. You’re right the one who will have a better control can drive better irrespective of any gender. No matter you a man or woman, you have to be careful while driving.

  3. Elizabeth Martin says:

    A nice argumentative article! Traditionally it happens; we always make comparison between male and female in all aspects. Whether it based on education or any other profession or even on wheels, we always try to find out the best one. I do believe that females are more efficient to do a work properly than male. Due to impatient and aggressiveness men fails to perform satisfactorily. In case of driving also men makes more mistakes than women.

    It’s been told that no-one is perfect even women also make faults while driving. But according to few past accident records, it has been proved that men were involved in most of them. Due to reckless and drunk driving men fails but it does not mean that female are the best on driving. Truly, a very interesting blog!

    • autoadmin says:

      Thanks for your point of view. Actually, it all depends upon the control over driving. You can’t say that particularly men are doing or women are doing more accidents.

  4. Daniel Myers says:

    Even if a man but I too agree that women are good drivers. I found this blog quite interesting and disputatious. It is true that women are not that much flexible in driving but they meet very few accidents. Nice descriptive figure representing the whole discussion! Last few lines on women are very true but women are caring enough while driving. If we recall the memory to find the number of accidents made by women in past few years then it would be very much lesser number as compare to men. Nice try to make men drive carefully and to have control on their aggressiveness & ego. I do appreciate your thought.

    • autoadmin says:

      Thanks for the comment Daniel. Well said. But, I don’t think gender is the big deal, it’s all about losing control over driving after getting carried away or by distract driving. As there is a saying “Excess of Everything is bad”. So, this is something similar, more speed more danger.

  5. Charlie Lewis says:

    Great info-graphics reflecting the difference between men and women driving strategy! I too agree that female drivers are more sensible and successful. Nice description you have given here; I really enjoyed reading this article. I like the graphical representation the most. Thank you.

    • autoadmin says:

      Thanks for the reply Charlie. It’s not about whether you are a male or female, it’s about the way you’re driving your vehicle.

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