The Difference Between Male and Female Drivers
Not all research agrees on how gender impacts driving habits.
Dr. Claudia Wolf amassed a group of 65 men and women and told them to park an Audi A6. Participants were timed while parking nose first, tail first and parallel. The results, on average, showed that the men managed to park the car closer to the center of the space (and in less time) than their female counterparts. Does this mean men are better drivers? In a word: no. Wolf says the study merely reflects the notion that men tend to have slightly better spatial awareness than women -- that is, how objects relate in physical space to one another.
In reality, several studies suggest there is no discernible difference in natural driving ability between males and females. The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology used real-life testing as well as computer driving simulators to attempt to discern differences in driving habits between a group of male and female drivers. The results? The drivers were nearly identical in terms of speed and following distance.
Similarly, AAA conducted a study on road rage that determined both sexes are equally susceptible to losing their tempers behind the wheel.
While hard-headed guys may be tempted to lay down the sex card when it comes to driving habits, the truth is most drivers are only as good as their teacher's ability. In a country where driver's education is among the first programs cut as soon as school budgets get tight, it wouldn’t surprise us to see the number of bad drivers of both sexes increase significantly within the next few years.
(Source: Telegraph; photo courtesy of American Certified Driving School.)
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