Men And Women Behind The Wheel
Whos a better driver, a man or a woman? That question, discussed and argued for
many years, was the subject of a survey conducted by Prince Market Research (PMR) on
behalf of Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. as part of Firestones Centennial activities.
When asked, who drives more safely, men or women, a little more than half (56%) of the
total survey respondents said women drive more safely. Further results show each gender
believing they drive safer than the opposite sex. Approximately three-quarters (76%) of
the women interviewed said they are safer drivers, while more than two-thirds (69%) of the
men surveyed believe they are the safer drivers.
Other survey data showed areas where there are similarities between men and women: 53%
of the women surveyed said they occasionally exceed the speed limit, while 60% of the men
said that they did.
22% of the men and women interviewed said they sometimes experience "road
rage" in effect, showing road rage affects the genders equally.
79% of the women and 78% of the men surveyed said they have never talked their way out
of a speeding ticket.
47% of the men and 49% of the women surveyed said they would trust a male more than a
female to service their vehicle. Similarly, 50% of the men and 47% of the women said they
would have no preference.
But some real gender differences were exposed: Not surprisingly, 64% of the women often
ask for directions when they are lost, while 71% of the men do not ask for directions.
18% of the men and 7% of the women rated themselves as a moderately aggressive drivers.
A slim 1% of men and women said they were very aggressive.
The survey also revealed there was a major difference in the knowledge of air pressure
in tires: Only 7% of the men surveyed did not know how much air they are supposed to keep
in their tires, while a whopping 51% of the women had no idea. (The correct answer varies
according to manufacturers specifications.)
In answer to tire fears, Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Sales Company recently introduced
the Firestone FT70c with UNI-T® featuring Sealix. Changing a flat tire has never
been fun and in unpredictable circumstances and locations can be very dangerous.
The new self-sealing tire, which offers a sense of security to both genders, will be
available in test markets throughout the United States in mid-March. The FT70c with UNI-T
featuring Sealix incorporates a patented sealant material that can seal most tread
punctures up to 3/16" in diameter. The self-sealing tire will offer the same
outstanding performance in rain, along with snow traction, as the original FT70c
introduced in 1997.
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 09:15:59 -1000
I was wondering if you have done any research on "how men and women give directions
differently." if you have, will you please write me back and tell me about is or
where to find it. Thank you very much, AO
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 16:12:15 -1000 (HST)
From: Leon James <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: men, women, directions, driving
LP, I can give permission
to use the materials and questionnaires on Dr. Driving's site on an individual basis for
individual requests indicating the purpose and extent of use. I'd be glad to do so
in your case, just give me the details in your request.
The stats I was referring to is from another source
and you can check the original Page. It appears in my file
For your convenience, here is the relevant
Are Women Drivers Becoming More Aggressive?
Here are two segments on the topic. One is a Reuters
article that appeared at InfoBeat news service. The other appeared in a MEDIA RELEASE--17
September 1997 of the AAMI Insurance association. The two are apparently from the same
09:35 AM ET 12/08/97
Women no longer give way in battle for road
MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) - Young women are the new
hot-heads of the road, according to an Australian study which found they are almost as
prone to road rage as young men.
The study commissioned by an insurance firm has found that
female drivers aged below 30 are only slightly less likely to tail-gate, hurl abuse, shake
their fists, blast their horns and cut in front of other drivers as any young man.
An aggression index, compiled from a survey released at the
weekend by the Australian Associated Motor Insurers Ltd (AAMI), shows young women have hit
31.77 points on a road rage ``Richter'' scale, less than a point shy of men on 32.63.
Young women and men rated the highest on the aggression
index, which ranged from 0-100.
``Everyone else's road rage index has actually decreased,
but the young women's index has increased,'' AAMI spokesman Michael Kay told Reuters
``Women are now taking their place as equals in society and
there are some good things that happen as a result and, perhaps, some not-so-good
things,'' he added.
But women mellow faster than men with age, the study found.
Women aged over 55 barely register on the road rage index.
Significant reduction in rate of accidents - good news for
motoristsS. but young women drivers are exhibiting significant aggressive driving
The national accident claims incidence rate of motor
vehicles in Australia has reached the lowest level in four years.
The national rate for the 12 months to 31 August 1997 was
13.3 per cent compared to 13.8 per cent for the corresponding year.
This coincides with a 12.4 per cent drop in the number of
road fatalities in Australia in the first nine months this year, compared to the
corresponding period last year. Between 1 January and 30 September this year 1301 people
were killed on Australian roads. In the same period last year, the figure was 1485.
(The Claims Incidence Rate is the number of policyholders
per 100 who have accidents in a given year).
The benefit for motorists and insurers alike is that the
reduction in the incidence rate should see most premiums remain virtually unchanged for
the first time in many years. Despite the increase in smash repair costs and theft on a
national basis, AAMI believes the 3.8% drop in the incidence rate in the year ended 31
August 1996-97, would be equal to about $200 million being slashed from the national motor
insurance claims bill.
Other significant findings of the third AAMI Crash Index
Nose to tail accidents accounted for 27.3 per cent of all
collisions in the year to 30 June 1996-97, compared to 25.9 per cent in the year to 30
June 1995-96, a rise of 5.2%. While there was a 15% drop in nose to tail accidents in
Tasmania in the year ended 30 June 1996-97, Victoria and New South Wales recorded rises of
6.3% and 5.6% respectively in the same period. The number of single car accident claims
dropped 2.9% from 14.3 per cent of all accidents in the year to 30 June 1995-96 compared
to 13.9 per cent in the year to 30 June 1996-97. New South Wales had the highest incidence
rate of 14.9 per cent in the year to 31 August 1996-97. But this was still down 2.7%
compared to the figure of 15.3 per cent in 1995-96. For the same period, North Queensland
recorded the largest overall drop from 11.5 per cent to 10.2 per cent, a fall of 12.7%.
An independent study conducted by the respected research
firm, Brian Sweeney & Associates, for AAMI, found that more and more young women
drivers were copying the sorts of aggressive behaviour of their male counterparts.
The study found aggressive driving behaviour continued to
be a significant issue confronting Australian motorists.
The key findings of the survey were:
39 per cent of drivers (up 12%) toot their horns at cars to
draw attention to the errors of other drivers. One in five drivers gesticulate at other
motorists when angry at them. 7 per cent of drivers tailgate other motorists and flash
their headlights when angry. Nearly two thirds of all motorists (64 per cent) say they
frequently encounter motorists who get unreasonably angry without real provocation. Six
out of every 10 drivers regard the roads as a battlefield. Young and middle-aged male
drivers are the most likely to oppose strict road policing and driver penalties. Young
male and female drivers are far more likely than older drivers to speed and drive when
Reasons for the drop in the national crash incidence rate
is thought by AAMI to be attributable to a number of factors which include:
Dry weather caused by the El Nino effect has meant safer
driving conditions. All major cities recorded a significant drop in rainfall, with the
exception of Sydney which recorded a nominal increase - drier roads equate to lower crash
rates. Historic trends show that as the economy tightens, the incidence rate reduces.
Significant contributors have undoubtedly been the role of
the State police forces and insurers including AAMI, as well as the bi-partisan commitment
Australia-wide to the road toll and driver education.
These views are supported by the Sweeney Study of the AAMI
Some of the study1s findings included:
90 per cent of motorists say there is no excuse for drink
driving. Two thirds of motorists support further tightening of drink driving legislation.
Women are generally more supportive of an increased police presence than males. Three
quarters (or 75 per cent) of all motorists agree police are doing a good job in terms of
road safety. Nearly half (or 48 per cent) of motorists would like to see more speed
cameras as a further deterrent to dangerous driving and more than 70 per cent would like
to see more police on the roads. Only one in seven motorists (14 per cent) believe there
are too many motoring rules and regulations.
While the reduction in the incidence rate is good news for
every Australian motorist, in AAMI1s view, there are still long term danger areas.
Young drivers - male and female - continue to have
accidents at rates up to 50 per cent higher than more mature motorists.
AAMI also asks every Australian motorist to consider their
frame of mind when driving. Lack of concentration accounts for the majority of accident
claims. The Crash Index reveals that more than half of all accidents are caused by
motorists either failing to give-way or simply running into the car ahead.
Aggressive driving behaviour is still prevalent and on the
increase - particularly among younger people. AAMI continues to recommend more
comprehensive, graduated licences and driver training for young drivers as a first step in
preparing them for the responsibilities they face on the roads.
For further information:
Copyright 1997 AAMI Limited, ACN 004 791 744
Subject: Welsh Women Drivers
From: "Robbie " <i@SPAMBOUNCERdial.pipex.com>
I have only been driving for a few short years yet I have already been
involved in three accidents, all involving women.
For my first one I was driving passed this woman walking her dog when
suddenly another dog dashed across the road after this woman's one. I
braked sharply and some idiot drove straight into the back of my car.
Alright, so this woman with her dog wasn't driving at the time but it's
odds on she's a crap driver anyway.
Then about a year ago I decided to overtake a woman driver who had been
sight-seeing for the last 100 miles at about 32mph in a 40mph zone.
Unfortunately I misjudged the speed of an oncoming lorry, either that or
this lady deliberately accelerated as I came alongside in an attempt to put
me in a poor light. Whatever, in order to avoid a head-to-head collision I
had to nudge this woman over a little to make room for three of us abreast.
As it turned out this woman, whose life evidently revolved around her
wing-mirror, left me with the distinct impression I should have maybe opted
for the head-on collision.
The latest incident happened last week. Some blonde came careering into the
back of my car at a roundabout. As I got out to assess the damage she also
got out and she didn't look at all bad, funny how your mind can become
distracted. I was all set to be quite the gentleman, after all, I figured
she owed me one. So did I get even an apology? Did I hell. First of all she
called me a 'danger', then she accused me of causing an accident by getting
in her way and preventing her from entering the roundabout. If this had
been happening to some other dude it would have been hilarious. Still,
mustn't grumble, I have got her telephone number. I'm thinking of giving it
to that upvc rep. girl that's always hassling me as I come out of B&Q.
Could I just ask other more experienced road uses in these great British
Isles if Welsh women drivers are a greater menace on the road than other
women drivers in the UK? Am I just unlucky, or what? It occurs to me that
if women were banned from driving on our roads our insurance premiums would
all come down wouldn't they? Just one final question, you know those "Stay
Back! Child On Board" signs that you see on some cars, inevitably driven by
a woman, is that who the sign refers to?
Subject: Re: Welsh Women Drivers
From: email@example.com (MARC)
> walking her dog when
> suddenly another dog dashed across the road after this woman's one. I
> braked sharply
poor observation skills on your part coupled with not enough space left
by the driver ( male or female ) behind.
>I misjudged the speed of an oncoming lorry<
yes I can see how the woman in the other car made you do that, happens
all the time.
>Am I just unlucky, or what?<
not really probably just young and inexperienced. Women, men,
men all seem to have different types of accidents. Don't forget that the
vast majority of accidents are the result of two ( at least) mistakes and
there is very, very, very, rarely an " Accident" where one driver is
totally blameless. I include my self in this, thinking back now there
are one or two accidents I have had where I know they could have been
avoided if I had dome something else, unfortunately driving skills are
very low on the agenda of most drivers, last year I spent £400 on a
"Drive & Survive" training course, my next door neighbor spent the same
money on a cd player for his car cause he didn't need any more training. I
know its wrong to gloat but who had an accident the next month??? ( g)
to come back onto topic with out doubt the worst drivers I have ever
seen are Hindu women in Birmingham, but I don't make a generalization
about them just a report of what I have seen!
Subject: Re: Welsh Women
Robbie wrote in message
<01bd7470$cdfcd520$LocalHost@default>...>I have only been driving for a few short
years yet I have already been>involved in three accidents, all involving
women.<Snip>This is probably because apparently there are more women drivers on the
road now (according to the radio the other day) so the odds of having a prang
female driver are therefore greater. This isn't because women are bad drivers it is because
there are more. This either means that women rein general richer than men and have jobs
and can therefore afford a car or women are better drivers than men and less of them die in
fatal car crashes than men, or a mixture of both reasons. The other thing is given the
number of transvestites about these days not to mention men with long hair (shock horror!)
I would think it quite difficult to read the sex of a person in another vehicle without
close examination which could be quite dangerous at speed. perhaps one should keep ones
eyes on the road instead of trying to work out the sex of other drivers.
Subject: Re: Welsh Women Drivers
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul
In article <354B7F02.5C7AD0C6@cymru98.prestel.co.uk>,David
>Robbie M wrote:>>>
I have only been driving for a few short years
yet I have already been>>>> involved in three accidents, all involving
women.>>>> (rest snipped)>>If your point is that generally women drivers
are worse than men, then>I'm afraid the evidence is against you. I gather that several
car>insurance companies allow women lower premiums because they regard them>as a
safer risk than men - and they wouldn't put their money where>their mouth is without
first having researched the subject thoroughly.>It seems you've been particularly
unlucky. Having said that I don't know if the number of accidents per distance
any different. I believe men drive more (sales reps etc) so if (guessing) men on average
drive 20% more than women, they'd have to have about 17% less accidents per distance driven
to end up with the same overall accident rate. Insurance companies don't care how far you
drive, to them an accident is an accident. Personally I find men tend to be
overestimate their skills, women hesitant. Motorways tend to have the lowest accident rate
per distance driven. Unfortunately, other than the M4 and the odd bit of dual carriageway,
S Wales isn't overly blessed/blighted with them. Drone off Paul
Subject: Re: Welsh Women Drivers
From: "Robbie M" <email@example.com>
Paul F wrote:
> Personally I find men tend to be aggressive and overestimate their skills,
> women hesitant.
But you're not obliged to take on aggressive men with their overestimated
skills. If you're not in the mood to teach a speed merchant a lesson, for
example, let them get on with it. You are far safer with them ahead of you
than behind you, when all said and done. Ultimately it's their own funeral,
the pity of it is that they may take a few innocents with then. Isn't it
funny funeral should have 'fun' in it? At mine I'd like them to play "It's
Perfect Day", either Lou's original or Kirsty MacColl's cover but not the
BBC version for God's sake. I'll be turning in my coffin before I'm even in
The real pains on the road are surely the slow hesitant types doing
everything (eventually) in ultra slow motion. They never overtake, they
never reverse and they never exceed 50mph. This group is predominantly made
Men who drive like women.
Men who wear hats and drive like women.
The elderly (come on bamps I can run faster than this).
Learner drivers (we've all been there).
Thus the true pains are your oh but so slow moving vehicles. These
vehicles, as well as being *any* driven by a member of the ultra slow
motion gang, also include:
Heavily laden lorries.
Tractor and other farm type things.
Cars upon whose roof racks is a sheet of something the area of a football
pitch tied on with bits of string.
Three wheel type things.
Classic cars (a euphemism for a pile of junk, I think something's fallen off
your car mate).
Get two or more of any of the above in row, ahead of you, and you've a
recipe for road rage (cue Catatonia). Very often, in a funeral type
procession of vehicles there is a legitimate slow moving vehicle leading
it. The real clown is the driver (sometimes two or three drivers) directly
behind. For come hell or high water they are not going to overtake for any
reason whatsoever. If anyone wants to get by they have to take their life
in their hands and do a job lot.
Subject: Re: Welsh Women Drivers
From: "Robbie M" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[Subscribe to uk.local.south-wales]
Jean L wrote:
> Well R,
> how did you get so perfect?
I know a rhetorical question when I see one. Sarcasm can be kool but mostly
it's not, yours is okay. I suspect that you may be taking my comments a
shade too personal. I am only generalizing, ya know, as you do to get a
point across. I am afraid the elderly do tend to take their time more on
the roads. Thus the rest of make allowances, we'll all be there one day, if
we're fortunate enough.
It's a little more difficult to make allowances for other road users (male
or female) who seem, for no apparent reason, to have an unreasonably slow
perspective of time and motion.
> I have been a driver for 30 years. You know, one of those really ELDERLY
> female grandma types of 50.Yeah! I even wear glasses but I have my own
Sorry, this just won't wash, you really cannot get away with considering
yourself elderly at 50. Goldie Hawn is 52 and I wouldn't dream of kicking
her out of... um... I wouldn't, given the opportunity, make any special
allowances or considerations, regarding her driving skills.
> I have had two accidents. One caused by a middle aged male who was
> prosecuted for driving without due care and attention and the other by a
> 20 year old who had only just thrown his L plates away. He was just
> perfect too, he wasn't insured.
Slight contradiction in terms there in the last sentence. No, my mistake,
more sarcasm right? Generalizations will always have exceptions, by
definition, that doesn't make them invalid though.
> be happy.
Thanx, you too.
> keep us amused
;-) No more being mean to me please.
Subject: Re: Welsh Women Drivers
From: email@example.com ( Rhiannon
It was a dark and stormy night, and as the people in uk.local.south-wales
huddled around the fire, Robbie M told them this story:
> Paul F wrote:
> > Personally I find men tend to be aggressive and overestimate their
> > women hesitant.
On the other hand, I (female) tend to drive in a rather stereotypically male way
(in that I tend to be decisive rather than cautious). Both methods of driving have their
own drawbacks and advantages. I have found that in town driving, the most important thing
of all is to be predictable - so indicate, make sure you're in the correct lane, even to
the point of if you're in the wrong lane and it's too late to change, go the wrong way
rather than brake suddenly and run the risk of having the cars behind you do a
bumper shunt. You can probably go round the block and end up the same way you were going
> But you're not obliged to take on aggressive men with their overestimated
> skills. If you're not in the mood to teach a speed merchant a lesson, for
> example, let them get on with it. You are far safer with them ahead of you
> than behind you, when all said and done. Ultimately it's their own
funeral, I couldn't agree more! If it matters that much to them to get ahead,
let them -
even slow down a bit as they draw alongside you to help them on their way. It
won't do you
> The real pains on the road are surely the slow hesitant types doing
Yes; it's actually far more dangerous to creep than to speed on some roads (for
certain values of creeping and speeding, at any rate :) : it encourages people behind to
try and overtake in smaller windows than they would if you were going at a reasonable
speed, and thus run the risk of a head-on collision. Very slow vehicles, of course
(tractors and the like, which don't have any gear above second) can be overtaken
windows anyway. Big lorries are another matter though, because you can't see round
them. Bear in mind that a car stuck behind a lorry at the head of a big queue
overtake the beast where you would because it isn't as powerful as yours - either it has a
smaller engine or it's more weighed down. It is quite reasonable for such a car to not want
to run the risk of overtaking a (possibly longer than normal) vehicle and not make it.
Subject: Re: Welsh Women Drivers
From: MR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
insurance companies allow women lower premiums because they regard them
as a safer risk than men <
mainly because they drive cheaper cars and have less claims , not because
they have less accidents. if you measure they accidents by miles to
accidents men come out ( very ) slightly ahead. In general men tend to
have aggression accidents and women concentration ones. As an aside men
have almost treble the number of accidents on " black ice" ( male diver
speak for " Is it icy then?) than women ( who maybe haven't heard of
this excuse yet)
Subject: Re: Welsh Women Drivers
From: "Ade A"
I have driven all around the UK repairing PCs and have done hundreds
of miles in the last couple of years. I have been involved in one accident and one near
miss, both involving female drivers. I was approaching the traffic lights at the bottom of
Cowbridge Rd West in Cardiff doing about 32mph in a 30mph zone (slow for me, I admit) when
the light changed to red. I braked normally for the lights, but when I glanced
in the mirror
I was a girl in a Fiesta behind me and had time to think "She isn't going to
st......." when BANG, she hit me. We both got out of the canard she asked me why I
slammed my brakes on!!! What? Excuse me, but she hadn't even seen the red light, let alone
me braking to stop for it -gently, might I add. I rest case #1.
The next incident was on a single carriageway A road near Newcastle. I had a
woman in a Range Rover in front of me doing around 50mph in the 60mph limit, nothing too
wrong with that. The road straighten out for a long distance and could see a long way
ahead so I pulled out to over take, but as I did bam appeared in front of me from a blind
dip I couldn't see, so I calmly hither brakes and slipped back in behind the Range Rover,
no problem - until she does an emergency stop! I was already on the brakes, but as she
slammed on in front of me I managed not to hit her but locked up behind her -
all that she
needed to do was come off the brake so I could do the same and the incident would have been
over calmly - but no, she carries on to do a full emergency stop. Why????
She needn't have concerned herself with my manourvreat all, if she hadn't hit
the brakes the would not have been an incident! Asit was we stopped with my front
less than an inch from hers, then she just drove off again! I kept well back till we joined
a dual carriageway and the I passed safely waving goodbye! Why oh why did she hit the
brakes? Oak's I pulled out at the wrong moment to overtake, but I slipped back
her with no problems - she caused the problem with her right foot on the brake.
I would like
to here from anybody who thinks either of these incidents were my fault! Waiting for the
Subject: Women drivers
From: email@example.com (JuneC1)
I saw on the 6pm news to-nite that there will more women drivers within the
next 10 years. I'm not a car owner myself but what a frightening thought!!!
Watch out lads, the women will take over if us men are not careful !!!
"Your death is my living"
Subject: Re: Women drivers
From: Tim M firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sat, 18 Apr 1998, ANNA W wrote:
(Martin W M B) put digits to keyboard and
> > >another aol wanker -- wimmin are safeter drivers anyway
>> > Say that after you've been in a car with me. :)
> > > ANNA, who drives like a bloke :)
Strange you should say that, I've often been told I drive like a girl -as in I
indicate before I turn, and I (almost) stick to speed limits. I stick rigidly to speed
limits when there's some ... um ... less patient driver following me about 3 inches from my
bumper. Sometimes Slow down to 28 mph.Oh, what a fun life I lead ...
Tim (tm)Tim M,
Subject: Re: Women drivers
From: email@example.com (June1)
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com.MY_BRA.mon.co.uk
(ANNA W) writes:
>Let me get this straight. Women have fewer accidents but aren't safer
That's true. I sometimes travel with a women driver and she breaks the odd
rule in the Highway Code book. Mostly speeding!!! I also find that women drivers
change behind the wheel of a car and become demons on the road unlike men
drivers. Or do
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