Women Drivers

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    This is intended to be mostly tongue-in-cheek, but not entirely. I recognize that men do stupid things when they're driving too, particularly when it comes to aggressive driving, and that there are plenty of women who are very good drivers.

    But, when my wife and I are driving somewhere and someone does something stupid, I will often make the prediction that the driver is a woman, usually in the form of an epithet, "Woman driver." It does not please my wife that I am right about 90% of the time.

    I will suggest that, as a whole, although not at the individual level, women drive differently than men. This doesn't necessarily mean that they are worse drivers, or that they are the cause of more accidents than men. I haven't seen the data but I wouldn't be surprised to find that men are more likely to be involved in an accident than women. But it's for different reasons.

    Men are more likely to drive aggressively. As a young man, I was rather proud of my aggressive driving. Every car that I could get ahead of was a win for me, even if we were side by side at the next traffic light. It wasn't that I was in such a hurry or even that I was an aggressive person. That just made driving fun for me. Twenty years as a paramedic has pretty much cured me of that, however.

    Aggressiveness, as well as the fact that there are probably more men on the road than women, would likely lead to a greater potential of an accident from a male driver, particularly men under forty.

    Women, however, treat the roads like they do the aisles in the local grocery store. If they want to stop and look at something, they will do so, blissfully unaware or not caring about the line of cars backed up behind them.

    Women see no problem in driving the speed limit in the fast lane, while the regular flow of traffic has to go around them on the right. They probably wonder why guys feel the need to honk their horns all the time.

    There seems to be differences in depth perception. When someone pulls out in front of me, forcing me to brake to avoid a collision, ninety percent of the time it will be a woman. My wife does the same thing and it drives me nuts. Either she can't make a reasonable judgement based on the speed of the car coming toward her and the distance it is from her, or she just thinks that it's up to them to watch out for her. Guys are less likely to do that, although they might pull out because they think they can make it.

    Women are more likely than guys to think that their car has to come to a complete stop, and pause for thirty seconds, before making a turn into a driveway or parking lot.

    The same is true when they are exiting a parking space. Since they refuse to back into the parking space like a normal person, when they back out of the parking space, blocking passage from anyone going in either direction, there is a long pause before they put it in drive and get out of the way. I like to imagine they are frantically paging through the owner's manual, trying to figure out how to get it in Drive. "It's the one with the D, lady!"

    Men, on the other hand, particularly young men, will often drive like the assholes they are. They will drive aggressively, inserting their car into every opening that they think they can fit into, getting angry with anyone who takes the advantage that they would have taken themselves.

    That's my opinion, and I'm sticking with it, unless everyone gets really mad about it.
     
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  2. Beth Gallagher

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    Maybe it's because I live in a major metro area, but I find that ALL drivers are aggressive nowadays. The freeway is a scary place; not because of fast drivers but because of road-rage crazies. (And yes, younger men seem to be the most aggressive.)
     
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    A few years ago, the Maine State Police reported that more than 70% of distracted driving citations were given to female drivers, so women may be more likely to make or take cellphone calls while driving.
     
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    I am actually a every good driver..not just my opinion, but just about everyone including driving instructors have said the same. I don't dawdle, and I certainly don't treat the road likethe aisle in a shop... , viewing everything as I go past, nor do I rubberneck accidents etc..I have to say that really does get on my nerves when people do that causing big queues just cuz they're nosey . I understand the sentiment tho' Ken, because I actually used to say the self same thing. ''I bet it's a woman'' or..I bet it's an old man.. and most times I'm correct...however more recently the the bad drivers seem to be any sex... and I find myself when I see some ridiculous or dangerous driving saying..''I bet their on the phone''..and again I'm almost always correct!!

    Another thing I see all the time, particularly with women is that they don't seem to be able to converse with hier passengers without turning to look at them, (eyes off the road).. for goodness sake can't you just talk and keep your eyes on the flippin' road?

    All that said, the insurance stats say that it's men who cause the most accidents....


    ... women just see them in their rear view mirror... ;):D:D
     
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    You're right because when it's not a woman, there's a good chance that it's an old man.

    That's because aggressive driving is more dangerous than annoying driving. I am thinking the cellphone thing might go a ways toward balancing the numbers, though.
     
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    If a woman is driving the speed limit, then isn't this the legal speed all lanes are supposed to be driven in?
    There is no such thing as a 'fast lane' allowing anyone to drive faster than the posted legal speed.
    Just saying. :D

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  7. Ken Anderson

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    Actually, most states require that you move to the right lane if people are having to go around you, in effect reserving the left-hand lane for the flow of traffic. In many states, including Maine and, I think, Texas, the left-hand lane is often reserved for passing only, the effect being that if you're not going fast enough to pass cars, you need to stay to the right, whatever the speed limit is.

    Where there are more than two lanes, I generally stay in the middle. I don't want to go as fast as a lot of these people are but neither do I want to poke along at the speed limit or below. I generally drive about five miles above the posted speed limit, and more people pass me than not. We have a 75 mph speed limit in Maine but, as I frequently drive south of Maine, that's about the speed that most people drive when the posted limit is 60 or 65.
     
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    Gotta love Texas.

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    Even when passing someone, I don't think it's a free pass to go faster than the speed limit. :p
    I'm not sure if other states have this law, but in Florida IF there is a disabled car or a cop pulling someone over. the right hand lane traffic is supposed to pull into the next lane to the left.
    I was always a pokey driver. Drove my kids nuts.

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    I'm a much better driver than any man. :p;)
     
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    In Maine, we only have to do that when there is a cop there. Regular citizens can be run over at will.
     
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    In today's enlightened age, there are only good drivers and bad drivers of both sexes.
     
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  14. Holly Saunders

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    Another thing which is traditionally something women can't do..is reverse parallel parking.. !! I can reverse a truck into a space between two vehicles with only inches to spare... and I do it in one hit!! My husband although he's a good driver needs his reversing camera, otherwise he is shunting forward and back forward and back.... :eek:

    This would be him. without his camera......:D

     
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    Fast lane? See here is thing- there is a speed limit for a reason- so where is the Fast lane? The Fast lane becomes Fast lane when Men feel the need to Speed! Yea..I made a funny:D:p
     
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