Following drivers on the road today, I have seen a remarkable decline in drivers following the rules of the road. Most of these bad drivers appear to be women. Men still drive too fast, but now women have joined and overtaken men in that bad trait. I see vehicles in front of me swerving left & right out of the lane. They don't use turn signals unless while turning. They run stop signs. They tailgate. They run lights. It has become scary to drive. This all seemed to worsen with texting. I would love to hear your opinions & experiences.
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I love your answer! lol. I agree with the serious parts & I laughed at the funny parts.
:-) Glad I could make you laugh! Cheers!
(Fridays are "Protocol Violation" days, just in case you were wondering. Not sure about the others; Mondays used to be meaningful, but not any more.)
Funny story. Driving w/my 10 yr old daughter. 2 cars near us failed 2 use turn signals, both stopped over the stop line on road & weaved out of lanes. No prompting from me, my daughter says "of course their both women." LOL. No lie! I luv her.
if you are married, im thinking the couch is gonna be your buddy for a while
Happily married! My wife & I speak our minds & love each other 20+ yrs. I criticize my wife's driving often. Fear 4 my kids make me a good driver. Don't tell, but I changed from sneakers & shorts to a suit while driving daily. LOL.
and did she read this question? and is still talking to you? lol good woman
Our success at a happy marriage has been honesty, taking criticism, and acknowledging each others strengths & weaknesses. She knows I wrote this question. I'm a very controversial guy. LOL. Best to you!
So, HONESTLY how many car accidents have been in, RealityTalk? (Me=0 in 300k+mi, unless you count when my brakes went out on the freeway due to a computer glitch & the cars were recalled). Everyone, how about you? Honest or don't answer, please..
Laura, Laura, Laura, are you defending all women? You seem to be taking this very seriously & with a very defensive attitude. LOL. To be specific, I asked about "worst drivers," not accidents. I suppose a bad driver can recover in time. LOL.
Well Reality, Ive been in two, due to black ice on the freeway. Not my fault, just in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Kind of ironic, as I type this, sitting in a neck brace, after spine surgery. Never made the connection, hmmm. Knock on wood.
I assume the surgery & resultant neck brace are unrelated to anything involving a vehicle? I hope all went well with the surgery & I wish you the very best as well as a rapid & successful recovery!
Thank you reality, not related to vehicle, more due to Lupus is my guess. The surgeon is the best in his field, yes recovery has been rapid, almost instantly felt better. Still rocking the Darth Vader Look, (neck brace), But much better!!
Well written! And, your last sentence is sound advice.
Yikes! Scary to think about kids in crosswalks at school...I share your fears.
But seriously, c'mon, people, how hard is it to follow the rules (LAWS) of the road? In the US, they're very simple. Start with PAY ATTENTION and then DO IT RIGHT ALWAYS!
Crosswalks & stop signs. It seems drivers rush to be the 1st at a stop sign to be the 1st to go. And, drivers roll through rather than courteously wait at crosswalks for pedestrians to pass. What's the hurry?
I think we all agree: there are DANGEROUS drivers out there, many of them, and they put not only their lives but others' in danger. Worldwide, rules (LAWS) of the road are very simple and designed for safety: only stupid people wouldn't follow them.
Truth b told, even the police don't follow the simple rules. That is why a law was made 4 drivers to move over 1 lane when passing a stopped police car. The police step into the road with no safety in mind. Rules ARE simple, but stupidity is common
RealityTalk, you are right: even the police don't follow the simple rules. It is so unfortunate because they should be held to the highest standards as they set an example for the rest of us (good or bad--and they should be setting a good example).
Good point. It is usually unwise to make broad sweeping statements like the one that started this thread. Granted, it makes for an entertaining debate, but painting any group of people with wide brush strokes usually accomplishes little....
Don't women still get cheaper insurance rates?
Curious thing about ins. Ins cos. r about making money. Statistics r easily manipulated as any politician knows. More men drive than women. Do the math & the financial statement. LOL.
Insurance companies are about making money so their is no benefit to manipulating the stats that would work against the reality of their liabilities. Men do drive more. But women have less accident for the proportionate time driving.
Mikeomearapensaco, I agree completely! (So completely that I am, for once in my life, speechless--you've said it all.)
LandmarkWealth, please anonymously report your mother to your DMV for retesting and possible removal of her license! Save lives!
Ah, once again you quote Insurance statistics. Any politician knows statistics are easily manipulated. And to be accurate, the statistics would have to be run daily as we live in an ever changing world. I don't buy it; money makes the world go.
Why would insurance companies under-report the data of female accidents to lower their premium and cost themselves more money in claims ??? Please explain the economics behind that one. In fact insurance actuaries are incredibly accurate.
More money paid out in premiums with the odds paying off. Statistics lie. From another angle: it is unfair to rate all young males in 1 pool. Statistically blacks commit more crimes than whites. Should we believe blacks r more prone to crime?
It's not more money it's less, which is the point. The lower rates mean they pay less in premiums. You have it backwards. And yes, blacks are more statistically prone to commit crimes for a number of socioeconomic reasons. Probability is not unfair.
So you are saying that young women pay less than men for insurance? And that African Americans are more likely to commit crimes? I think many would beg to differ with you. Maybe you should tell Jessie Jackson what u think?
No, women is general pay less, but there are number of actuarial factors that additionally effect rates. Zip Code, whether or not you are a student etc.
But u believe ALL young men should pay more than anyone because they r born male & fall into someone's statistics? Isn't that guilt by birth? In same breath, if statistics say blacks r more prone to crime, ALL blacks should be suspect?
There is no other way to provide insurance other than assess rates based on a large number of homogeneous units. Otherwise the laws of probability fail. I personally see nothing wrong with profiling in terms of police work, I think it's common sense.
LW, I understand your pt & bow to your knowledgeable financial backgrnd. But I stand firm on the uselessness of most statistical studies & greed. Also, my pt with black/white is 2 emphasis unfairness that penalizes ALL for the acts of others
Unfortunately, insurance can only work off of the law of large numbers and probability. There is no other way to assign risk in a practical way and run an insurance company and stay in business.
The blind cannot see. I suggest you lighten up. Unless, your defensive posture reveals your guilty feelings about the truth you choose not to admit?
Chill, you guys. No angst was intended by this discussion, quite the opposite. We are all expressing concerns about bad driving we have seen around the world from both genders and are (ah-hem) likely to re-examine our own driving skills accordingly.
I'm neither mad nor defensive, merely objective. Laura however, you do seem to be all other comments on this Question. Seems to suggest a little defensiveness pertaining to gender. The question is lite humor, hoping 4 self-awareness as u did grasp.
RealityTalk, you are absolutely correct: I am defensive about objective rather than subjective talk about women. (I grew up a "Tom-boy" and got a degree in Physics/engineering and am a tech writer. So, typically an extreme minority in my daily life.)
Laura, I can relate to the "minority." I have a law degree; practiced 23+ yrs. Self-taught 20 computer languages; work that part time. I worked from home, raising 3 children from birth to 17, 14 & 10. I read physics 4 fun (100+ books).
I never said "all." There r many women who r better drivers than many men. Mine is an honest observation on numbers in general w/no monetary incentive or defensive posture because of my sex (like some). Men do wrong too, but women r not perfect.
Oh, good point, I HATE slow drivers! They're a menace! Especially those that can't merge at the speed of traffic--topping the list are the ones that stop at the end of the merge lane!!
I love your answer! lol.
Ah, but statistics always have an ulterior motive and men drive more than women and stats have to be undated "daily" and cover "everyone" to have any legitimacy. And I posed a "question," not an answer. lol.
haha! You've nailed it. :)
Note that Borsia lives in Asia currently, according to his comment, so this does not necessarily pertain to US women drivers. I think all US drivers (except, generally, semi and other commercial truck drivers) are horrible, as a rule w/ exceptions.
Ah, but the question said women drivers, not merely U.S. drivers. Laura me thinks you protest too much; very defensive. lol.
I admit to being defensive freely, without apology. But that doesn't change the fact that I think most drivers everywhere I've been are terrible these days. (In Cairo in 2008--as a passenger, I couldn't even look at the traffic it was so scary.)
Laura I agree with u that most drivers - of all ages, sex & whatnot r terrible drivers these days. Too many electronic distractions in vehicles. Cars have become a 2nd home & a home on wheels is dangerous if the driver's eyes r on toys &
That I understand & accept. lol. The frustration 4 me however is the fear I have 4 myself & my children watching drivers swerve into my lane while texting on the phone on their lap. Eyes down, not up. I am fearful 4 lives.
Don't forget that most are mothers with vans. They might have the bigger car.
I'm not sure what u mean by they have the bigger car? I work from home & the kids are mine, so I drive the van, but I never text while driving & my eyes r on the road even more w/kids in the van when not.
Traditionally, women stay at home. Though that has been changing. Let's just hope they don't get trucks or SUV's.
Love it! LOL.
I totally agree!
Thank you sweetie :)
I agree there a lot of terrible elderly drivers.
Thank you sir
I agree, JT, medicated or not! Families of the elderly should report bad drivers to the DMV (anonymously) so they can be retested and get their license taken away if they can't pass. See my article about voluntarily giving up your license, too.
Completely agree! I live in an area with many seniors and the driving is scary.
Fair enough statement. I believe texting is the number one cause for the crazy increase in road weaving & non-attention. Teens & women (women r teens too) tend to need to be constantly chatting. 4 men/boys its more speed & power.
"driving is just another one of those things among many these days were manners, safety and kindness seem to be lacking by many," I SO agree!!
Laura, I agree with you about the lack of manners these days. I raised my kids to be polite & thankfully they are, but they are in the minority. Even many belonging to the "older" generation have regressed regarding courtesy. It's a shame.