"Hah! Women drivers! They’re so bad, right guys?
No…wait…these can’t be right.”
I’ve always thought it strange that women are stereotyped as being bad drivers because there are loads of companies like Sheilas’ Wheels car insurance which cater specifically to women and offer a slightly cheaper price. I assume this is based on the idea that women make less risky decisions than men while driving, and are therefore in less accidents.
So if men are in more accidents…doesn’t that mean that MEN are the worse drivers?
I found this infographic which provides a load of good statistics which would seem to support that. There are instances where it seems women are statistically worse at certain things (more likely to text while driving, more likely to fail their test through “lack of control while reversing”) but other than that men are pretty much just worse across the board.
The main statistic I’m looking at is “women are 27% less likely to cause auto accidents than men.”
So, why do people insist and joke that women are worse drivers when they’re not? A deep seated desire to negatively stereotype people? Because someone saw a woman do a hilarious silly thing while driving and said that all women are like that…and people just believed them?
Image Source: ShiftIns through Care2.com.