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Are men safer drivers than women? Or vice versa?

  1. Ralph Deeds profile image61
    Ralph Deedsposted 8 years ago

    According to the article linked below, women have more accidents but men have more fatal accidents because they are more likely to drive drunk, tailgate, exceed the speed limits, run red lights, etc.

    http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03 … a-man/?hpw

  2. Hokey profile image60
    Hokeyposted 8 years ago

    They are both nuts!!!!   hmm

    1. Chloe Comfort profile image57
      Chloe Comfortposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree big_smile

  3. NaomiR profile image89
    NaomiRposted 8 years ago

    I agree, too! In my neighborhood, everyone seems to make up driving rules, regardless of their gender.

    1. Chloe Comfort profile image57
      Chloe Comfortposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Tell me about it NaomiR! My neighborhood too! Ya HAVE to be crazy to drive in New York or you'll never get anywhere big_smile

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        Home Girlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Skill and attention, skill and attention, skill and .... you know.

  4. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    My dad said when I was in high school that he was glad to have daughters who were good students, as statistically that made us safer drivers, and consequentially we were cheaper to insure.

  5. Betty Reid profile image60
    Betty Reidposted 8 years ago

    Ralph, that has been my impression.  That women have more accidents, but men have more big accidents.

  6. blondepoet profile image69
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    I currently have my learners, so am still learning. What scares the heck out of me is not in my ability to drive, but in the recklessness of other drivers. It is scary to think will my reflexes be good enough if I were to encounter, 'an out of control driver in my path'.
    There are so many times I am in the car with other people and they have come so close to having an accident because of some crazy driver.
    Honestly some people should never be on the road.
    As far as drink driving goes, it is criminal. If you kill some-one while driving drunk it should be considered murder. I have no respect for any-one who gets in a car intoxicated.

  7. mod2vint profile image61
    mod2vintposted 8 years ago

    Men suck at driving, My dad is awful so is my hubby. I can't wait to see my son behind the wheel. "NOT"

  8. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    blondepoet, my friend and I were hit by one of those drunk drivers years ago, and I've had to just tell myself that most people live their whole, long, lives without ever having that happen.  At the same time, you're right about reflexes/reaction time.  I think if my friend (the driver) had been a little quicker (rather than freezing when she saw the headlights coming) she may have steered us out of the way.  I don't think, though, she was someone who really kept alert about everything going on.

    With the exception of the freaks that can come out of the blue, other driving is pretty much a matter of keeping in mind that preserving/gaining time and space between you and everything else is a good guide, with regard to when to let up on the gas, when to be on "higher alert" (like when you see a car that wants to come out or are in a row of stopped cars with the chance one will pull out).  The more time and space you can keep around you, the more room for little things to go wrong without hitting anybody else. 

    I know a lot of women and men who have driven for decades without having any accidents, so I think it's more about who pays attention and has some skill, than sex.  Skill comes with practice if you want it and pay attention to it.  Some people don't think in terms of skill - only knowing how to move the car forward, park it, and make turns.  smile

    1. blondepoet profile image69
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks so much Lisa, honestly your advice has made me feel heaps better, and urges me further to get my license smile

  9. srwnson profile image60
    srwnsonposted 8 years ago

    My wife believes she is, or at least, she spends alot of time telling me that from the passenger seat. big_smile

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    Jared in Vegasposted 8 years ago

    I think women tend to be more careless, and men just tend to be more stupid. One of my roommates is a woman and she'll make two or three phone calls while driving, even if we're only going a few miles.  On the contrary, her boyfriend has a fast car, so he's always racing people, and he does have the tendency to drive after having a few drinks.

  11. shazwellyn profile image58
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    As a hardened driver... I can say that men are on the road as they are in life... THEY DONT COMMUNICATE!  Many dont use there indicators and just leave it to the rest to double guess where they are going.. arrrrggggh!

  12. h.a.borcich profile image59
    h.a.borcichposted 8 years ago

    Driving in Chicago drives me nuts - no signals, going 80 -90 mph on the tolls, it is scary.
    Personally I have been a liscenced driver for 25 years - no tickets & no accidents. Now my son and my hubby - well - they have both had both.  I am just saying...

  13. ohox profile image57
    ohoxposted 8 years ago

    what i know is, women can't read map and don't know directions. so they tend to drive more carelessly.

    men are nuts..yes, this is the point..can't say anymore
    different point, same result.

  14. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    I really don't like generalizations...