Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Study shows statistically, women are better drivers than men

Men are ruder, meaner and more likely to crash while driving than women, a survey has found. According to insurance company AAMI, 55 per cent of the men surveyed also admitted to drink driving, compared to 30 per cent of women.

The statistics, based on a telephone survey of 2384 drivers and AAMI claims data collected last year, revealed that men are more likely to act aggressively behind the wheel. The study found that 47 per cent of men and 38 per cent of women have rudely gestured at other drivers.

And 84 per cent of men have crashed their vehicle, compared to 77 per cent of women. “Our claims data shows that men's crashes tend to be more serious than women’s,” AAMI spokesman Geoff Hughes said.

“They are more likely to be involved in head-on collisions, roll-overs and loss-of-control crashes, as well as crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists and animals.” Women are more likely to be involved in relatively minor crashes such as reversing into stationary objects.

“Women use more parts of their brain to undertake tasks and furthermore, differences in men's and women's neurological processing can advantage women. However, the female brain is not as good at spatial relationships, so it is not surprising that they strike stationery objects more frequently than men.”

The survey also revealed that:

– 51 per cent of men have been distracted by billboards while driving, compared to 40 per cent of women.

– 46 per cent of men and 36 per cent of woman admitted to verbally abusing another driver. Source.

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