Men vs Women: Whose better at driving?

Okay guys, let’s get down, dirty, and controversial.

I stumbled across a random article online whose title managed to intrigue and irritate me all at once: “Women are Bad Drivers“. Yet before you start clicking that link, I must implore you not to waste your time on such a poor excuse of an “educational” piece.

Yet I take this….umm.. “authors”… words with a grain of highly concentrated salt. After all, the article, which is found on Askmen.com (your first hint that you’ll encounter sexism and copious reference to “titties”) has related links such as “Women can’t park” that suggests that “Maybe a study correlating bra size to parking speeds should be scheduled,” because apparently the theory as to why women are supposedly bad at parking is because their boobs get in the way.

But irregardless of some random idiots babbling on the internet (which, I’m sure, some may accuse me of as well…  and touche!), it does make me wonder: whose the better driver?

First, let’s look at some statistics.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, men are more likely to die behind the wheel than women, and are more than 50% more likely to be cited for reckless driving.

“Men take more risks behind the wheel than women, and so men are more likely to get into serious crashes,”

And it doesn’t stop there, check out these statistics from the early 2000’s.

Fatal passenger vehicle crash involvements per 100 million miles traveled, by driver age and gender, April 2001–March 2002:
Age Male Female Total
16-19 Crash Involvements: 4,257
Miles: 46,427,394,010
Rate: 9.2
Crash Involvements: 1,852
Miles: 35,264,476,105
Rate: 5.3
Crash Involvements: 6,109
Miles: 81,691,870,114
Rate: 7.5
20-29 Crash Involvements: 8,949
Miles: 225,999,581,860
Rate: 4.0
Crash Involvements: 3,172
Miles: 156,283,683,955
Rate: 2.0
Crash Involvements: 12,122
Miles: 382,283,265,815
Rate: 3.2
30-59 Crash Involvements: 15,027
Miles: 845,507,965,689
Rate: 1.8
Crash Involvements: 6,946
Miles: 551,350,306,430
Rate: 1.3
Crash Involvements: 21,973
Miles: 1,396,858,272,119
Rate: 1.6
60-69 Crash Involvements: 2,097
Miles: 128,814,817,845
Rate: 1.6
Crash Involvements: 1,008
Miles: 64,778,212,790
Rate: 1.6
Crash Involvements: 3,105
Miles: 193,593,030,635
Rate: 1.6
70-Plus Crash Involvements: 3,148
Miles: 76,991,652,560
Rate: 4.1
Crash Involvements: 1,571
Miles: 39,093,332,009
Rate: 4.0
Crash Involvements: 4,719
Miles: 116,084,984,569
Rate: 4.1
Total* Crash Involvements: 33,733
Miles: 1,324,373,970,682
Rate: 2.5
Crash Involvements: 14,633
Miles: 847,734,931,097
Rate: 1.7
Crash Involvements: 48,638
Miles: 2,172,108,901,779
Rate: 2.2

Honestly… these statistics really aren’t that surprising to me.

It’s men, not women, who speed through crowded parking lots in their little Honda, trying to show off that (sorry) not so impressive 4-cyl engine to the ladies walking by. unbeknownst to these guys, however, us ladies aren’t impressed. In fact, that rusty old piece of junk is a total turn off, and men who drive them would look more impressive if they stopped putting thousands and thousands into a broken shell and instead invested their money into a newer ride.

Speaking of money, us ladies are going to be spending less of it when it comes to our car insurance. Because men are more likely to get into accidents and get in trouble with the police for traffic violations, ladies don’t have to pay as high of a premium.

Seems like when it comes to driving, the score is settled: Women 1, Men 0. 

But I’m more interested in seeing your thoughts. Leave a comment below, and let the trolling begin!

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