Debunking the Myth of Women As Bad Drivers
Since forever there has been the age-old debate and battle of the sexes. Is there really ever a winner? What exactly does it mean when people say that men are from Mars and that women are from Venus? Is there any truth behind the claims that one sex is superior over the other, or is it just pride? We may never know the real answer but this article looks at one crucial argument in this debate. Are women really worse at driving than men? We will look at the research that has been done and attempt to answer the question once and for all.
First of all, I think that it is important to understand that age plays a major role in how a person drives. Your teenager tends to think that they are invincible and they want to show off. This is why they receive more tickets and get in more accidents than any other age group. Now that we know the importance of age we can dissect it even further and see what this means for the sexes. It has been proven that males aged from 20-24 were more likely to die in an accident. For females, their highest risk is when they are 16-19. This can be seen also in your insurance rates. Depending on the company, rates for female drivers drop when a driver reaches the age of 18 or 21. However, most companies keep the higher rates for males until they are 25.
However, on the flip side it seems that men seek to better their driving more than women. Whatever their reasoning behind it, more male drivers take driver safety courses compared to their female counterparts. This could be because males get more citations, or maybe because they are looking to save more on their car insurance. Like we said, the reason doesn’t really matter because they are taking the courses at a higher percentage to females.
Now in a sad finding, it does appear that women cause more car accidents per mile then male drivers. Now since this is a statistic, what does it really prove? Some suggest that it only proves that women report more accidents than their male counterparts or are more honest about an accident in general. How is this measurable? Some research even suggests that women wreck more in accidents because they are shorter and it may be harder for them to see oncoming traffic.
So how can we really know that the research we are getting is an accurate depiction of what happens on the road ways? It appears that you cannot definitely say one sex is worse than the other when you factor in age and location and any other factor. All you can do is really look out for yourself on the road and understand your car insurance coverage. If you feel that your rates may be too high, it may be time to do more research. By researching other car insurance quotes you can understand where you can save and where you will get the best coverage.