First, let me say that the term “better” driver can mean different things. So, let’s look at some of those different things.
Also, I thought this would be easy to find an answer to. I mean, facts are facts, right? But, what I found instead were statistics on all kinds of different details of men and women drivers. The reason I point that out is that 89.7% of all statistics are made up.
I could easily find information that supported the “fact” (I use that term loosely) that men are better drivers. However, I found more information that said women are better drivers.
One thing that I found that was interesting (and consistent) is that women seem to have a much higher percentage of accidents with other women. Now, this has nothing to do with the men vs. women driving stats. I just thought that was odd.
Most of the information was kind of dated. I do believe the number of women drivers are increasing every year which may change current statistics.
- Men are 3.4 times more likely than women to get a ticket for reckless driving and 3.1 times as likely to be cited for drunk driving. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/men-vs-women-who-are-safer-drivers/
- Increasing numbers of teenage female drivers had been involved in accidents or had near misses because of distracted driving with cell phones, music players and other causes, according to a survey this year co-sponsored by Liberty Mutual.
- Men were more likely to get speeding tickets, as well as being ticked for reckless driving, not wearing a seatbelt, DUI and breaking laws for passing and knowing when to yield.
- It’s official! Women drivers ARE more dangerous behind the wheel, scientists discover. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2012188/Women-drivers-ARE-dangerous-wheel-scientists-discover.html
So, what’s the conclusion? It’s prejudice to think that any driver is better because they’re a man or a woman. Clearly, there are excellent drivers on both sides. But, the overall information that I found right now gives women the thumbs up.