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Worse drivers: Males or females?
msn.com ^ | December 1, 2009

Posted on 12/07/2009 5:13:57 PM PST by Justaham

Which group causes more accidents, drives drunk more often and is responsible for more traffic deaths? Take a look at government and auto insurance statistics.

Old stereotypes peg women as dangerous drivers, but statistics show the reality: When it comes to driving, guys are much more naughty. And insurance rates reflect that.

Jokes about men vs. women

We can't say that all males are reckless when they drive. Nor can we say that all females are safe drivers. But numerous studies show that males are more likely than females to throw caution to the wind when on the road.

"Maybe the testosterone makes them more aggressive," jokes Loretta Worters, a spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute. "But the fact is, the industry doesn't go by whether you have higher testosterone. It goes by numbers, and the numbers seem to support that men are generally more reckless than women."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: genderwars

1 posted on 12/07/2009 5:13:57 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

I ride (motorcycle). When I see a soccer mom in an SUV on a cell phone, I know that she isn’t paying attention, may not even see me, and represents a danger. But it’s usually an easily managed one.

When I see a man driving hyper-aggressively, I know that there is a much bigger problem. I go into complete avoidance mode.

The former is far more common, but the latter is far more dangerous.


2 posted on 12/07/2009 5:22:29 PM PST by piytar (Go Away RNC, Steele, Graham, and the rest of the lib-loser GOP. WE'RE TAKING OUR PARTY BACK!)
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To: Justaham

We men are just far more irresponsible. I’m slowing down with age though.


3 posted on 12/07/2009 5:28:48 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Justaham

What I’ve always want to know is why are insurance companies allowed to use this as a factor when setting rates? Where is the outrage for gender profiling when innocent men, with no moving violations or accidents, are charged a higher rate just because they are male?

This doesn’t even count the tickets that aren’t written for women because the bat their eyes a little at the officers. (I have some inside info on my wife’s younger days on this - you wouldn’t believe some of the things she got away with.)

This would only have applied to me for the two months I was without accidents or moving violations, so my objections are primarily theoretical.


4 posted on 12/07/2009 5:34:17 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Justaham

The women with the cell phones are the most dangerous thing on the road. They do not keep their eyes on the road or their hands on the wheel.

They are a menace to the driving public!


5 posted on 12/07/2009 5:36:36 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Justaham

Women (young women). Next question.


6 posted on 12/07/2009 5:39:15 PM PST by Walrus (My congressman is toast in 2010 --- how about yours?)
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To: Walrus

No old women? Ever been to St. Pete, Fl?


7 posted on 12/07/2009 5:48:35 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Justaham

Asian teenage girls.

Lord have mercy.


8 posted on 12/07/2009 5:57:36 PM PST by Gunflint
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To: Justaham

I remember reading a study that showed that men had more accidents overall, but that women had more accidents per mile driven. Men, on average, drive more. Take into consideration time on road, and we’ll see what the real story is.


9 posted on 12/07/2009 6:00:01 PM PST by StolarStorm
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To: goseminoles

Yes. Old Women, without question.

They are a constant hazard, but they tend to do little damage.


10 posted on 12/07/2009 6:04:42 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Justaham

Why question? Guys of course ......! Ever hear a woman yell “Hey, Y’all watch this!”


11 posted on 12/07/2009 6:08:47 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Larry Lucido; Cagey; MotleyGirl70

ELAINE: God, it is so great to drive again. I miss it so much! (Suddenly swerves to the right, then yells out of her window) How about a left turn signal, ya moron?!

(Looks ahead, then breaks suddenly) Woah..

JERRY: (His thoughts) I’m so nauseous. She’s the worst driver.

*********************

Jerry: I thought you said you were a good driver!

George: No no, I never said I was a good driver, I said I was a good parker.


12 posted on 12/07/2009 6:19:40 PM PST by earlJam
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To: Justaham

Raw accident data is deceptive because men drive more than three times the miles that women drive, and often under more dangerous conditions such as at night and in poor weather.


13 posted on 12/07/2009 6:19:41 PM PST by Rockingham
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To: piytar

In our family, men win in the accident department by a landslide.


14 posted on 12/07/2009 6:25:22 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Justaham

Good to know. Now while your at it, review the cross tabs again and let’s take a look at the results with other demographic groups. It may be blacks are much safer drivers than whites and deserve a lower rate.


15 posted on 12/07/2009 6:40:52 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: Justaham

Meaningless statistics when not normalized by the number of hours spent behind the wheel. Let’s be honest, men drive more than women. And if a man and a woman are driving together - more often then not the one driving will be a he.


16 posted on 12/07/2009 7:13:31 PM PST by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: eclecticEel

People who cause accidents are not always involved in the collision. Statistics don’t reflect how many accidents were caused by some idiot who drove away unscathed. Was it a man or woman? We will never know.


17 posted on 12/07/2009 7:20:15 PM PST by csmusaret (Fox is more of a news network than Obama is an American President.)
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To: MSF BU

They would only publish the report if it made white males look bad. So we would never know the results.


18 posted on 12/07/2009 7:32:59 PM PST by StolarStorm
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To: StolarStorm

Yes, that was my point.


19 posted on 12/07/2009 7:36:49 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: Gunflint

Agree. But I think Asian teenage boys are more dangerous that Asian teenage girls.


20 posted on 12/07/2009 7:55:23 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham
In my area, the drivers I fear most are illegal alien females. Invariable they are on cell phones, and are the predominant runners of red lights.

But that's just my personal experience.

They drive exactly like I have seen them do many many times in Mexico.

21 posted on 12/07/2009 9:37:15 PM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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