The battle of the sexes in driving has been recently won by women drivers based on the result of driving tests. This may not downgrade men’s capability if we can see the reasons behind.
According to a new survey, female drivers excel over males not only in actual driving tests but also when they’re anonymously observed using one of the busiest junctions in the United Kingdom (UK) named “Hyde Park Corner.”
The Privilege Insurance company was the one conducted the survey. It was found out that another part of the study discovered that of the only 28 % of women reckoned, they were found to be better drivers compared to men. However, there’s only a small number of men, only around 13 % are thinking that women were superior behind the steering wheel.
The survey went this way: A sample of 50 drivers were made to face an in-car assessment whilst the other set of 200 men were reckoned at Hyde Park Corner. Then, they were marked on around 14 different aspects of driving. The amazing results were: Women were able to score 23.6 points out of 30 perfect score. The men on the other hand only managed to score 19.8 points.
In one of the categories called “Tailgating” or driving too close to the car in front , only four per cent of women did this but 27 % of men did driving too close to the car in front.
The survey also disclosed that motorists’ opinions on their driving skills have dramatically differed from their actual driving skills. When asked if they thought they were driving within the appropriate speed limit for certain situation, 84 % of male drivers claimed they did it regularly. However, when compared to the actual electronic recordings, it’s in contrast to the only 64 % that actually did.
It was also discovered that almost half of men approached potential hazards on the road too fast. On the other hand, only a quarter of women actually did this. Also more than half of men were driving through an amber light when it was about to turn red, compared to just 14 % of women that actually did.
The study further showed that there was just one per cent of women, but 14 % of men who cut dangerously into traffic, whilst 24 % of men, but only 16 % of women, admitted to using hand-held mobile phones whilst behind the wheel. Also there were more men than women admitted not indicating where they’ll turn to if they think there’s no one driving behind them.
Women had also the edge over men regarding courtesy on the roads. It was discovered that 39 % of women are always polite to other drivers, compared to just 28 % of men.
So, there are experts at wheel such as driving instructors who were surprised of the results, because in their experience male drivers have always been the best learners and usually have better performance in driving lessons. But they also said that it’s just possible that women drivers have retained in their thought their driving lessons better than men.
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