In today's post I am neither trying to claim nor to prove that one gender is definitely better at driving than the other. Why not? Not only because that's the safest position for a blogger whose goal is mainly to provide humor enjoyed by both his male and his female readers, but also because statistics do not always tell the whole story and are, hence, not totally conclusive.
I did a lot of reading online in preparation for this post. I read articles on this topic on news sites, insurance company sites, and more. Statistics (sadistics?) seem to show that woman are safer drivers than men. I did read, however, that that picture is changing. Officials are finding that young women drivers are becoming increasingly aggressive behind the wheel. One article I read stated
Plus, it seems as if female motorists are getting more aggressive. "It's true that men do take more risks than women," says Carolyn Gorman, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute. "However, [women] are partaking in more risky behaviors than ever before. The gap is closing quickly."
Though hardly scientific or conclusive, if my rear-view mirror is any indication, I am tailgated by far more young women than by any other type of driver. And judging from the speeders who whiz past me, the gender gap there is narrow at best. Hence, the humor in this next picture may now be outdated.
That age-old stereotype about dangerous women drivers is shattered in a big new traffic analysis: Male drivers have a 77 percent higher risk of dying in a car accident than women, based on miles driven."
But then other articles I read seem to indicate that, in comparison, men drive many more miles per capita than women do, putting the validity of that 77% statistic into question. The jury is still out, and societal norms are changing constantly as women take on jobs long held by men — jobs that involve lots of time behind the wheel.
Setting all that heavy stuff aside, though, let's move on to the lighter portion of this post!
With Valentine's Day just a week away, I thought I'd do at least one post this week on men and women. I have done plenty of posts that poke fun at men for their risky behavior — here and here, for example. And so I hope my female readers will be good sports as we have a few laughs their expense in this post.
Here are some predicaments that women drivers have gotten themselves into, many with no comment from me necessary.
Today's women are driving more than just cars, but that only complicates some things more.
This next one is a woman's car in the entrance to the Métro (subway) in Paris.
This woman apparently wants to look her best with those first responders arrive.
There's always driving school....
"We are all at crossroads all the time." — Eric Newton
Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to edge his car onto a freeway.
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