From stand-up comedians to news reports, from so-called funny YouTube videos to disdainful casual sexism jokes, chauvinists have pushed the stereotype of portraying women as shitty drivers and emphasizing their girly habits and traits to be distractions while being on the road. The biggest joke of the year is for assigning our basic gene structure to be the major reason behind all our so-called uncanny activities. Really? All these allegations are totally wrong, but Alas! Still, these cliches prevail. So here are 9 stereotypes about women drivers that should be debunked:
1. We suck at it
Nope. Empirically untrue!
Women are believed to be incompetent drivers, no arguments or points taken while a report compiled by Delhi Traffic Police reveals that woman drivers cause less than 2% of all fatal road mishaps in the city and their involvement in accidents has dropped in the past few years despite more women taking the wheel.
So disappointing all claimers that we suck at it, no we don’t!
2. We don’t care about performance
It is believed that women don’t care much about the details of the car but that again in a complete untruth. Women as compared to men take more time in deciding which car to buy with deeper analytics of each and every function and costing making them efficient buyers as said by most dealerships and sales personnel who say that women ask 3 times more questions when purchasing a vehicle than men do.
3. We can’t park
If you believe all those YouTube videos, it’s certainly true, and not long ago a report by Britain’s NCP (a parking operator) surveyed and ranked 2,500 drivers on aspects of parking such as locating a spot, timing, and positioning within a space and found that women outperformed men on most counts, even though only one-fifth of women surveyed felt that they were better. The fact that we drive more slowly let us find parking spots more quickly, while men wasted time and gas driving past spots and circling around.
The study found that women took on average 21 seconds to park, compared to 16 seconds for men, largely because 56% of women were likely to reposition their cars if they were off a bit on their first try, compared to 29% of men, who presumably simply muscle it in and leave it where it lies.
4. We apply makeup while driving
Agreed to the point! But we do it only because we can! We are born multi-taskers and can easily handle doing two or more things at the same time, take a look at any working women’s routine and you will get your answers and
According to data from Australian insurance provider AAMI, men are more likely than women to have lost concentration while changing the car stereo (42% versus 38%), and more likely to use their cell phones without a hands-free accessory (21% versus 16%).
5. We have a small attention span
It is often believed that women have a small attention span, not able to concentrate on one thing for long ultimately makes them bad drivers and also dangerous ones leading to road accidents, sleeping while driving, not paying complete attention while taking turns e.t.c.
The National Sleep Foundation, for instance, believes there is a 56 percent chance a man will drive while drowsy, while there’s only a 45 percent chance a woman would take the same risk. They also found there’s a 22 percent likelihood that men will fall asleep while driving, but there’s only a 12 percent chance women would make the same error.
6. We are incompetent drivers
The stereotype often points out that despite men driving rashly they are competent divers causing fewer accidents while women due to their slow responsive system and slow speeds lead to more accidents on the freeway. The speculation also leads to drinking and driving cases.
In the analysis of people who drive while speeding, NHTSA showed that nearly twice as many men 34 years or younger die in speeding crashes than women in the same age bracket. The FBI also released numbers that showed more men drink and drive.
7. Safety and Caution
Just as important as alertness is safe driving and being cautious while driving on busy roads, being aware of street signs e.t.c
Several studies, including the one from SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), notes that about 12.5% of male students admit to rarely or never using seatbelts. That’s compared with about 7.8% of female students.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, male drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in fatality-causing accidents than women are.
8. Obeying rules and Traffic Laws
This one is a clear win for women. According to a study by Quality Planning, women tend to break fewer traffic laws than their male counterparts. The fact that male drivers are more like to wave away traffic laws as being silly or superfluous is undeniably dangerous. Such laws are in place to maintain order and safety on the road. The study shows that statistically, men are much more likely to be cited for a litany of traffic violations.
A few top examples include reckless driving, DUIs, speeding, failure to yield and stop sign/signal violations.
9. Women Vs. Men drivers
Often tried to prove as safer driver’s men lack one thing that according to New York City traffic study that generally shows 80 percent of all serious pedestrian accidents were caused by male drivers, the New York Times quotes a respondent who cites motherly instincts as being a major advantage that women have over men.
Those instincts could make women more conscientious about being safe drivers. Most women have a natural tendency to want to protect those around them.
Therefore, they are more likely to be defensive drivers and to steer as clear of accident-causing behaviours as possible. Being a caring mother may pay off to becoming a caring, and therefore safer, driver.
It’s high time now that we shrug free of these stereotypes claiming women to bad drivers, less competent. We as a modern society need to do away with such biased gender-based discrimination which harms not only our reputation but also the standing and confidence of the women in our society.
We must come to agree on points that both men and women can be competent drivers owing to their personal habits and training and that gender stereotyping women drivers is a sheer show of illiteracy and gender-based bias that has no place in the modern world.