Men and women have been arguing about which gender drives better, seemingly since the beginning of time, or at least since the invention of the automobile. There are all sorts of outdated and offensive jokes about why women make awful drivers. But which gender retains the higher percentage in the top 5 New York driving laws people break?. To counter all that, here are some reasons women are clearly safer on the road.
Less Tendency Toward Distraction
Hey ladies, when was the last time you rammed into the back of a car stopped at a red light because you took your eyes off the road to ogle a scantily clad woman or a particularly attractive man? I’m guessing the answer is never. Studies have shown that women are less distractible on the road, and there are a lot of distractions out there. Aside from living, breathing women out and about in the summer, wearing all the fabulous outfits that men will later blame for all manner of bad behavior, there are billboards using beautiful women to advertise for everything from alcohol to late-night clubs. Luckily, not every man is so easily distracted. If they were, we’d never be able to drive anywhere. Those billboards are everywhere.
Less Likely To Drink and Drive
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a danger to everyone on the road, most definitely including the person who decided to get behind the wheel despite how much alcohol is in their system. We are taught even from elementary school, years before we will learn how to drive, how awful drunk driving is. But somehow it still happens. While studies have shown that services like Uber have succeeded in lowering incidences of drunk driving in some cities, there is still a shocking number of people thinking they are still good to drive, even though they’re swaying on their feet. Four out of five of these people are men. There could be any number of reasons for this, but they’re all just excuses.
Mostly it simply seems that men think they can drive safely when they are not. Of course, no one decides to drive under the influence thinking that the night will end with the death of a pedestrian or with the car wrapped around a tree. But the numbers show that men have a lot more confidence in their ability to avoid those situations, or they’re better at rationalizing reasons to take that risk. Either way, it means women are less likely to drive drunk, which makes them much safer drivers.
Less Road Rage
A big part of driving safely is having the correct attitude. Having the right attitude is the first step in defensive driving. Of course, the opposite of defensive driving is aggressive driving, and a symptom of aggressive driving is road rage. While women are definitely capable of over-reacting to a minor slight in traffic, most are of the opinion that, if they and their cars are not harmed by the actions of bad drivers, it is just not worth the energy to get too angry over it. Men, on the other hand, are a lot more willing to get up in arms about whatever other drivers are doing.
This is such a problem that almost every woman has at least one story of riding in a car with a male driver who is still ranting about what another driver did twenty minutes before. That sort of rage affects the driving of the person experiencing the rage and makes them a danger to everyone else on the road, even if the rage stays within the confines of the vehicle. Since women let things go more easily, that makes them much better drivers.