Not too long after the chicken and the egg question came the “Which gender is the better driver?”. It’s one of those inquiries where there are plenty of opinions and plenty of bias. Car insurance statistics will reveal that women tend to be involved in fewer accidents, but those figures may change as the population ages and the number of drivers over 65 increases in the next few decades.
I’m not even going to weigh in on this battle…much. All I’m going to say is that both genders have their fair share of really AWFUL drivers. Women don’t drive as fast, but most women I see rarely, if ever, check their blind spot. Men are much better at parking. There. That’s it. That’s all I’m going to say.
On Queendom’s Driving Personality Test we assessed four factors related to safe driving: tendency toward road rage, general driving knowledge (you know, the stuff you’re supposed to remember from that driving school book), courtesy on the road, and level of conscientiousness. Statistics gathered from nearly 20,000 test-takers reveal that overall, people are pretty safe drivers (the average score was 73, on a scale from 0-100, high being ideal). The average score for road rage was fairly low (score of 22), and most people were likely to be kind and careful drivers (score of 68 for courtesy, 69 for conscientiousness). However, some interesting differences started appearing when we dug a little deeper into the data. You didn’t think our population of drivers would be that squeaky clean, did you?
Comparisons between men and women show that overall, women had “safer personalities” on the road, although the margin wasn’t very wide (score of 75 for women, 71 for men). Women also outscored men on courtesy (69 vs. 66) and conscientiousness (71 vs. 66), while men scored higher on road rage – although overall, both genders were fairly calm on the road (25 for men, 19 for women). There were no differences in knowledge of the rules of the road, with both genders scoring 71.
Age does add a twist, as you can imagine. Tendency towards road rage dropped with age, and older folks tended to be more courteous and conscientious on the road. Interestingly, general driving knowledge increased with age, but then took a dip for the 60+ age group. This wasn’t a statistically significant difference, but there does seem to be a pattern developing there, especially when you look at men alone. Those over 60 had a score of 68 on their knowledge of the rules of the road, which was lower than all other age groups except for those under 18.
Queendom’s data also reveals that:
- 2% of drivers never reduce their speed when driving in a school zone.
- 5% rarely check their blind spot.
- 8% rarely find an alternative mode of transportation when they are too drunk to drive.
- 10% always talk on the phone while driving.
- 14% never drive at or below the speed limit.
- 33% said that their driving attitude and style change depending on whether there is a police car nearby.
- 48% give other drivers the right-of-way.
- 55% will insist that all passengers put their seatbelts on.
- 76% always wear their seatbelt.
- Despite scoring reasonably well on driving knowledge (score of 65), the 3% of drivers who have shared responsibility or been at fault for more than one accident scored higher on road rage than those with only one or no accidents (score of 34 vs. 22 vs. 21), and lower on courtesy and conscientiousness (60 and 58 respectively).
So who do you think is the better driver – men or women? Share your comments below!
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