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ChewChewTrain 04-20-2016 02:57 AM

Women Drivers. Truth or Fiction?
I ran across this video featuring women driving poorly.


Firstly, are women thought to be bad drivers in your country, too, or is it just a USA thing?

Secondly, how did this idea of women can't drive come about if they pay less insurance costs because they are less of a risk on the road?

benlovesgoddess 04-20-2016 03:48 AM

Men are by far the most dangerous behind the wheel - that has to be the worst driving!

Draigflag 04-20-2016 03:52 AM

I think generally they are more cautious than men, less aggression, less speeding, less overtaking etc, hence why they are considered safer. But it's the smaller low speed parking maneuvers they seem to struggle with, especially those that involve reversing, they just don't have the same coordinates as men. My mum openly admits she can't reverse and purposely avoids single track roads incase she has to reverse, her friends are the same.

Not all women drivers are like this of course, I have a friend who's in the Racing series Clio cup, she can probably outdrive and outpark most male drivers. Swings and roundabouts as they say here ;)

LDB 04-20-2016 04:16 AM

It's true! There really are women drivers! My wife hates reverse as well. Other than that it's 100% though. Off topic, what does the phrase swings and roundabouts mean? We have roundabouts here although they are rare thankfully but nothing to relate swings and cars.

Draigflag 04-20-2016 06:19 AM

Swings and roundabouts refers to a children's play area with swings and roundabouts, it's the same as saying horses for courses, implying different race horses perform better on different race tracks than on others. Get my drift?

LDB 04-20-2016 06:25 AM

Ok, I was thinking playground swings as the only swing I could think of, well other than a baseball swing and that definitely wasn't it, and roundabouts I guess are what we'd call a merry go round. Those were fun as a kid to see just how fast you could get it going and how dizzy by the time it stopped. I was thinking roundabout like on a roadway though and trying to link them both to driving. It makes sense now.

RobertV 04-20-2016 08:10 AM

We have plenty of female users on this site, so let's ensure we keep this thread civil.

Slightly related (triggered by what I saw in vid)- why is it in the event of a collision, even the slightest fender bender, diver's immediately stop and get out of car, right there in the middle of the road/intersection/etc? "HEY! I JUST HIT YOU! WANT TO STAY RIGHT WHERE WE ARE AND HOPE FOR MORE??" lol. I can understand if the vehicle becomes disabled, but I see it often here with minor collisions as well. I realize a vehicle accident will hold you up, but why hold everyone else up as well?

Draigflag 04-20-2016 08:40 AM

Having been in a few accidents myself, I can tell you that shock tends to get the better of you, instinct takes over and gets you out of the situation before you've had time to think. Also, if/when airbags go off, in the panic, you tend to think the car is on fire as they are covered in talc to prevent them sticking, and also there is residue from the explosives. I burnt my wrist on an airbag once, they hurt more than you think, far from soft!

Draigflag 04-20-2016 09:07 AM

Also you may notice in some accidents, after a collision the car will then shoot off again. This is because you instinctly brace in an impact, and usually accidentally hit the gas as your legs go completely rigid (as does the rest of your body) another reasons why automatics are dangerous. I was in a crash in my mums automatic, and after we'd finished rolling over and landing upside down, my foot was unknowingly on the gas, engine bouncing on the limiter!

ChewChewTrain 04-20-2016 10:01 AM


Originally Posted by RobertV (Post 188212)
We have plenty of female users on this site, so let's ensure we keep this thread civil.

Of course! You know us! ;)

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