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Now there's proof that women are the superior drivers.

A new study released recently by Carrentals UK, suggest that women are superior drivers after interviewing more than 700 people.

"While men would like to believe they are better than women behind the steering wheel, it is clear to see that male drivers performed worse in terms of speeding fines and penalty points," said Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals UK.

Indeed. Survey results included:
  • 57 percent of men had been involved in one or more accidents compared to 44 percent of women
  • 45 percent of 36- to 45-year-old and men over 65 years old had been caught speeding
  • 60 percent of men over 65 had been involved in an accident, compared to 30 percent of women in the same age group.
However, the survey also notes that while men may be statistically worse off than their female counterparts, they often think they're better drivers.

"(M)en consistently rated their driving skills higher than women when asked," Robinson said. "It seems that, while men performed poorly on the questionnaire and typically had a worse track record on the roads, they believed that they were good drivers."


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      Prattalot
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that normalized for miles driven though? I drive A LOT more then my wife does so comparing us wouldn't be as simple as just looking at our driving records over the last "X" period.
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      It all depends on your criteria for what makes a "good" driver. I do believe that men are in general the more technically skilled drivers, but I also know for a fact that they take more risks, so of course their statistics for speeding and accidents are going to be significantly higher. Men just tend to be more aggressive drivers. But speeding doesn't necessarily make you a bad driver. Speed limits are set to still be safe for a fairly technically unskilled driver in a poorly conditioned vehicle in bad conditions. So any driver in a well conditioned and competent vehicle with any amount of skills can very safely exceed the speed limit. In my experience, women tend to obey the laws more and take less risks, but they are in general much worse drivers from a skill standpoint and have a much harder time in any kind of emergency or bad condition situation. So women are in general "better" in a safety sense whereas men are in general "better" in the sense of car control and driving skill. So which metric are you wanting to use? And 700 people is a piss poor sample size, and since their all from a fairly small area, you can't consider it a truly random sample at all. So the presented statistics have a fairly low confidence and are very suspect.
        Russ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        I can tell you this: there are a higher percentage of women who are cutting me off and tailgating me on the freeway. Sorry, but this so called study has some serious flaws.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Women look at the vehicle as an entirely separate entity, that's why they call some cars 'cute' and want to give them treats of 91 Octane every so often. Kind of like a dog, or a horse. As long as you feed them and pick up their poop, it'll continue working. Men look at the vehicle as a part of themselves, yet separate, like an Iron Man suit. Putting on this 'suit' makes you stronger, faster and more resilient (hopefully never has to be tested). Fundamentally, the difference translates over to driving in that women drive slower and are more cautious because they're 'riding inside the car', and it disconnects them from the environment. Men take more risks and drive faster because they don't feel as disconnected and have a sense for the boundaries of their vehicle, and its limits.
          domingorobusto
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          What the hell is with AB's commenting system? I very clearly pressed the upvote button and it came up as a negative. Come on AB, get this crap fixed. How hard is a damn button? And an edit function. Please. Christ, how many times will EVERYONE ask for a feature before you finally implement it?
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I say it's a wash. They are less aggressive, but I feel they do worse in panic situations.
      Bert
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Poll" is a more accurate term for this research; "Study" implies attention to detail and control of variables, etc, which are missing here. This article succeed in grabbing everyone's attention, generating ad revenue, without spending much time and effort and doing any real research. Shame!
      DC Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just because you didn't have an accident doesn't mean you're a good driver. This is like saying you practice safe sex because you don't have herpes.
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I suspect men also have, on average, higher mileage than women as well.
        domingorobusto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        I was thinking the same. Their stats need to be normalized for the number of miles driven to be useful.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      This article makes the assumption that 'defense driving' is the only measure of being a 'good' driver. It depends on what you mean by a good driver.
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some time back a study was published in the US stating that for (importantly) - miles driven - men had fewer accidents. I wonder if this is still the case.
      raughle1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, the results of this study are completely and utterly meaningless from a statistics standpoint if they are not adjusted for miles driven. In my household, when my wife and I are both in the car, I am almost always the driver. The net result is that I probably drive at least 50% more total miles than she does. So statistically speaking, unless I'm getting at least 50% more tickets and accidents (using that dumb metric as an indicator of skill) then I am still the better driver. Not to get into the sexual politics of it all, but I bet this is true in both the U.S. and the U.K. The fact that men do so much worse in the older (read: more traditional and more likely to be married) age group in the study just underscores my point. Just another meaningless study from some idiot who doesn't understand numbers. Why are we all so statistically illiterate?
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm curious to know how speeding tickets have anything to do with driver skill.
      Joseph Listerman
      • 2 Years Ago
      This can be easily faulty... It doesn't take into account the amount a person drives. For example anytime my wife and I go anywhere, I am the one driving. I drive a SIGNIFICANT amount more, which results in a SIGNIFICANTLY higher chance of a wreck. There will never be a 'full proof' way to close this argument. Any statistic won't tell the whole story.
      ycplum
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the issue is the definition of "better". I believe men tend to be more capable drivers. However, I would say that quite a lot of men drive beyond their capability.
        Dreez28
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ycplum
        and do so on purpose occasionally out of desire to become more skilled drivers.
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