Insurance company AAMI has found some interesting statistics in a recent telephone survey of more than 2,000 drivers.
- 55 per cent of men - 30 per cent of women - drink drive.
- 47 per cent of men - 38 per cent of women - have rudely gestured at other drivers.
- 84 per cent of men - 77 per cent of women - have crashed their vehicle,
- 51 per cent of men - 40 per cent of women - have been distracted by billboards while driving
- 46 per cent of men - 36 per cent of woman - admitted to verbally abusing another driver.
- 22 per cent of men - 15 per cent of women - admitted to using their mobile phones without hands-free accessories while driving.
So you can see from the survey that things are not looking that great for men, but do all those statistics make women better drivers?
“Our claims data shows that men's crashes tend to be more serious than women’s, they are more likely to be involved in head-on collisions, roll-overs and loss-of-control crashes, as well as crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists and animals.” AAMI spokesman Geoff Hughes said.
The death statistics are also a little alarming, with men being three times more likely than women to die on the road. However the issue has little to do with Driving skills and a lot more to do with the different in male and female behaviour, with men being the hunters, the need to take risks is significantly higher than females.
“Self-awareness and social responsibility tends to be higher among women, whereas men are biologically more aggressive, more impatient and more willing to push the boundaries, women use more parts of their brain to undertake tasks and furthermore, differences in men's and women's neurological processing can advantage women. Cheetham Consulting Group psychologist John Cheetham
Well then, I dont think anyone can hardly claim that women are better drivers, afterall, safer is not nessacarily better. It would be interesting to see a survey between men and women done in an advanced driving course to see which rates better in terms of driving skill.
Nonetheless, don't let your girlfriend or wife reverse the car, its not her fault she hit the pole.
“However, the female brain is not as good at spatial relationships, so it is not surprising that they strike stationery objects more frequently than men.”
Now put yourself in the shoes of a 20 something male trying to insure a performance car.