What Inspired This Research?
Often I get ideas for researching and writing about subjects from conversations I participate in or overhear. That was the case for this topic. Recently there was some discussion in comments on a hub whereby a man arrogantly stated that "everyone knows men are the best drivers, because of their superior spatial ability, which scientists have proven."
I decided to accept the challenge. Are men really better drivers than women? From my personal experience as a professional driver having observed drivers of both sexes and all ages for many hours every day, I said no they are not. I see terrible drivers of both sexes every day.
Then I was set straight by this man who informed me that men are unquestionably better drivers. I decided to see what, if anything, scientific studies and statistics gathered from traffic violation and accident reports around the United States (not the world) had to say about the subject of men versus women drivers.
Because this man who is adamant in his belief that male drivers in Great Britain (if not around the world) are superior, I included a small report on drivers in Great Britain as well. Here are my findings.
Did You Know?
Do you know that women were not yet allowed to vote when the first Model-T rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line in 1908? Women received the right to vote 12 years later, in 1920. Women were driving before they could vote!
Driving was not considered ladylike at the time (1908), but there were a few women who valued practicality more than social rules, and so, drive they did!
Did a Man Do This?
Did Men Do These?
First the Issue of Spatial Intelligence
Men are of course the better drivers! (Shush, do not tell, but later in this article I will prove this is a fallacy.) Driving requires spatial skills and men are better at spatial skills; or so I have been told. Yes, science has said men are generally better at spatial skills, but I think, like so many things, a lot depends on the person and how many opportunities they have had to develop and use certain skills.
It turns out that studies have already been done that prove my perspective is not only accurate, but that living in a discriminatory culture also plays a big part in how well women perform at spatial skills tests and tasks.
Live Science reports that women in “patriarchal societies” do worse on spatial skills tests than women who live in matriarchal societies where women are equal or considered socially superior. The study concluded that discrimination and stereotyping are the reason most women score lower on spatial ability tests than men. When women in matriarchal societies were tested they did equally well as men on spatial ability tests.
Some men (the ones who from my PSYC background no doubt feel insecure in themselves) would like to establish that the reason women do not score as well on special ability tests as men do is because women are women -- and that is simply circular thinking. Hey, I thought men were supposed to be the more logical sex? There is no logic whatever in circular thinking. That is like saying men are superior because men say they are.
It turns out that how women think of themselves and how much confidence they have in themselves is just as important in determining their abilities as education.
It would seem to come down to what Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you are probably right.”
Women are indoctrinated in many societies to believe that men are superior and women are often ridiculed even for trying to accomplish what are considered male skills in these backward thinking societies. Needless to say, people (especially men) who migrate from these societies to more enlightened places have a difficult time getting used to progressive ideas and attitudes.
I can say from personal experience that there has not yet been what is characterized as a post-feminist era. Minoring in women’s studies, I learned about what I call a fairytale post-feminism. Despite all the hoopla about post-feminism, that era has so far never existed.
In fact, women are still discriminated against in this country so badly it is unbelievable. Women are far from having achieved equality in these United States, and so there is no validity to the existence of a post-feminist era.
It is far worse in many other countries around the world, and men who come from some of the countries where women are looked upon as inferior tend to bring their intolerant sexist ideas with them when they come to a more enlightened culture. Sexism prevents women from excelling at their natural talents and from being all they can be. The recent studies reported on by Live Science prove that.
Did Men Do These?
What Is the Advantage In Believing or Pretending to Believe That Women Are Lesser Beings?
When something is a general rule it means it applies to the majority of a particular group, but does not apply to every single individual. In other words, even though the majority of men (51% or more) score higher on spatial skills tests than the majority of women (again 51% or more), a lot of men (49%) may not be good at spatial skills and a lot of women (up to 49%) probably are. Especially if no one has told the women who are to be tested that they cannot be good at spatial tasks because women are not good at them (more circular reasoning).
Very often women are programmed to fail. Why? It would seem that some men cannot feel manly unless they believe themselves to be somehow superior to certain other people, particularly women. My psychology training tells me that these men are in reality insecure about who they are and what their true worth is. They tend to be overbearing, arrogant, and of course they are always right. Sometimes they are physically or verbally abusive. Thankfully most American men are more advanced.
Having been tested and scored high (surprising my testers because I am a woman) on spatial skills tests that were a part of my IQ tests, I do not find spatial tasks particularly challenging. It is my humble opinion that we are all gifted in certain areas regardless of whether we are male or female, and that overall we tend to balance each other out, or compliment each other with our various skills and talents.
In other words some men may be better (than women) at spatial skills and some men may be average or below average. Some women may not perform spatial skills as well as most men, but some may be average or well above average in their performance in this area, far exceeding the ability of many men. All people have a variety of skills and talents that may be similar or not, but all are useful and valuable. It is always a good thing to evaluate people as individuals rather than assuming they are all alike in any particular group.
What Are Some Examples of Spatial Skills?
Spatial skills in one example presented by a report from Johns Hopkins University, involved the ability to read a map and transfer what is seen there to the real world. I am, and have always been, extremely good at that. I taught my daughter to be good at it too. Obviously I am one woman who is above average in map reading skills. Any other women out there like me? I bet there are.
Another thing spatial skills are good for is packing suitcases, or packing moving cartons (Johns Hopkins University). I have had a lot, and I mean a lot of practice at both of those tasks. The challenge here is to determine if the suitcase or box is big enough for the objects(s) you want to put in them and if you can determine the best way to make everything fit.
Merging into heavy traffic, using mirror images, determining size or speed of objects are all spatial skills (Johns Hopkins University). Indeed, one could even say that walking requires spatial skills. After all, one must determine size, space available, speed, and distance even when walking in order to avoid running into things.
About 5600 pedestrians are killed every year, so at least some of them are not very good at spatial skills – just a minor note; studies show that most pedestrians killed are men.
My Personal Experience As a Professional Driver
Let me just say that I have had several hours of experience driving a city bus and I hold a commercial driver’s license. When I drove it was for 11 hours a day with no breaks, 5 days a week for two years. My route was especially challenging and I chose it for that very reason. It was never boring.
When I was still driving a bus it was common for people to park in the bus stop space (that has not changed). That leaves no room for the bus to pull over and pick up or drop off passengers. Why do people do that? I think determining the answer to that question (why people illegally park in bus stop zones) is more difficult than most spatial tasks.
My solution was to pull up beside the vehicle illegally parked in my space, my bus door just far enough in front of that vehicle so that the bus door would open without making contact with the illegally parked vehicle.
I would be so close to that vehicle, perhaps 6 inches or so away from it, that any person sitting in the vehicle’s driver’s seat could open their window and touch the side of my bus with little effort. You could say I got so close that another inch or two and I would have had their paint on my bus.
Can you imagine sitting in your car with a city bus just an inch or so further from your vehicle than your side view mirror sticks out? My open bus door blocked their vehicle from escape via the front.
The illegally parked vehicle was stuck where it was until I decided to move. The occupant(s) of the vehicle was usually visibly shaken, thinking what a close call s/he had survived, believing at first that it was an accident that I had gotten so close to his/her vehicle. The driver of the illegally parked vehicle was usually too horrified to even think about trying to back out of the situation, which would have been extremely challenging given how close together our two vehicles were. (Mine extended a good 20 feet back.) This situation was the case regardless of whether the driver of the illegally parked vehicle was male or female.
After the relief of not being hit by a bus settled into their minds and they saw that I was not at all upset, other thoughts seem to surface in their minds. Their initial belief – that it was an accident that I had gotten that close, started slipping away.
Once they realized it was not an accident and that I had purposely scared the living you know what out of them, the expressions on their faces usually changed. I loved watching the thought process cross their faces in my big bus-size side mirror. Once they seemed to have the correct inventory of the situation I would close my door and move on just before they could give me the one finger salute. Wicked yes? Do not mess with redheads.
Ah, but they were illegally parked, and when a person is illegally parked in every state I have ever lived in, that person is automatically at fault for any accident that involves their vehicle. Yes, I know, I have an evil gene in my body that sometimes takes precedence.
To purposely accomplish getting that close to anything with any vehicle without coming into contact with it, one must know where their vehicle is. By that I mean knowing exactly how much space one’s vehicle takes up and precisely where that space is. That is spatial intelligence.
I did that same maneuver successfully dozens of times. Yes, and many other difficult maneuvers too, but the others were not by choice, but by necessity. No, I never once got so close at a bus stop that my bus came in contact with any other vehicle, or any part of another vehicle. The trick to getting that close to another object, as previously stated, is knowing exactly where your vehicle is.
Anyone reading this who makes a habit of parking in bus stop zones should think about this before parking there again. ;)
You are probably wondering why I bored you with that story. Well, if one is going to make use of quotes one must make sure they have tons of written material that is original so as not to be unpublished for duplication.
In fact spatial skills are important to driving and my recollection about driving a bus directly relates to spatial intelligence and explains one way that spatial intelligence applies to driving.
Another advantage to telling on myself is that now I have more than a thousand words to offset the statistics and research information I am about to provide from many different sources that will prove that in fact . . .
Men Are NOT the Better Drivers
Insurance Companies will do anything to raise your premiums. They will use any excuse, but as it turns out, men provide the excuse (and the proof) for making their own car insurance premiums higher.
Car Insurance Quotes-Online.net states: “Official statistics from the TrafficSTATS 2007 study show that men are more likely to get involved in fatal car accidents than women by 77%. The study included information from FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) and the National Household Travel Survey, estimating deaths per 100 million trips. The numbers were 14.61 for men and 6.53 for women (less than half), while the total number of deaths due to traffic accidents during a 6 year period between 1999 and 2005 was 175,094 men and 82,371 women.”
Women have fewer than half as many fatal accidents as men!
If men are such great drivers, why are they killing themselves like crazy with cars? Statistics show that young men are the worst of all drivers, but even when they get older their stats are not good. Keep in mind that we are talking generalities here and that there may be the occasional good male driver out there.
Miranda Hitti, writing for WebMD, reports that Amarylis Fox, a British researcher, believes that the main female hormone, estrogen, may be the reason women are generally better drivers than men. Fox said her study showed that estrogens may positively influence mental flexibility and neuronal activity in the frontal lobes (decision making and judgment), and that may be the reason women are better at paying attention while driving and abiding by traffic laws.
James Shaffer, CEO for PRNewswire.com, writes that 4autoinsurance.com released a report (May 2012) showing that “traffic violations for men are higher in every category. Be it reckless driving, failure to yield, seat belt violations, or speeding, men are always cited at a much higher ratio. When it comes to the more serious violations of driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated, male drivers still out number females [for violations] at a 3.08 to 1 ratio, “ (UPI).
Further, Shaffer writes, “In the study, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com points out that some 80 percent of all fatal and serious car crashes are caused by male drivers,” (UPI). Wow! 80%!! That is a lot.
Shaffer states unequivocally, “. . . if you look at the statistics, females are better drivers . . . by a long shot! It's almost scary how bad the average man is at driving. Blame it on whatever you want – high testosterone, higher propensity to take risks, or higher levels of aggression, but the fact remains – men simply make too many mistakes behind the wheel,” (UPI – United Press International).
More Women Than Men Hold a Driver's License In the U.S.
As reported in USA Today, NBC News, and Huffington Post, A study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute looked at gender trends in driver's licenses between 1995 and 2010 and among other things in its report is the fact that more women than men hold a driver’s license in the U.S. They also say the gap between the number of men and women holding a license to operate a motor vehicle continues to widen. In other words, every year more women than men seek and receive a driver’s license.
The study further reports that currently women drive as many miles as men, and that gap also continues to widen as women do more of the driving.
USA Today, NBC News, and Huffington Post all Report the following:
"The changing gender demographics will have major implications on the extent and nature of vehicle demand, energy consumption, and road safety," predicted Michael Sivak, co-author of the study. Women are more likely than men to purchase smaller, safer and more fuel-efficient cars; to drive less, and to have a lower fatality rate per distance driven, he said.
More Bad Stats for Men
The Department of Transportation in New York City did a study and determined that 80% of all accidents that seriously injured or killed pedestrians were attributable to male drivers. Part of the trouble is that many men seem to think that they “own and control the road,” (New York Times).
Social scientists blame men’s horrible driving records on their predisposition for aggression and risk taking. It is a fact that men take more risks, and that taking risks plays a bigger part than driving skill, in most accidents. Indeed, the study showed that men are not only dangerous drivers overall, but that they even take more risks as pedestrians! More men were killed in pedestrian accidents, regardless of age, than women, according to the results of the New York City Transportation Department study.
For some reason men seem to believe that aggression while driving is a good thing. When interviewed by Juliet Linderman for the New York Times, 24-year old Mark Volinsky said, “On the road, I think the most important things are intuition and aggressiveness . . .” Like so many men, he suggested that women were not up to the “dog-eat-dog” driving environment despite the fact that women have fewer violations, fewer accidents, and fewer fatalities when driving – even in New York City!
Also interviewed by Ms. Linderman, Rose Pinto, a driving instructor, said, “Men are overconfident, and it is their downfall. Even if a guy doesn’t know what he’s doing, he’s more inclined to say he does, (New York Times/Region).
What do you think?
Yes! There Is More!
Time.com reports a British study determined that women are better at parallel parking than men are. The study involved secretly videotaping in 700 parking lots and observing/recording 2500 different drivers, half women, half men.
The videotapes showed that women were more likely to locate vacant parking spaces quicker, they followed driving instructors recommendations for maneuvering into the parking spaces far more often and more accurately, and positioned their vehicles in the parking spaces better – in other words the vehicles were centered in the parking spaces.
Since spatial awareness and ability are necessary in parallel parking a vehicle, Neil Beeson, a driving instructor who designed the study said, “The results also appear to dispel the myth that men have better spatial awareness than women.”
Can you believe a man said that? And out loud too! He knew when he said it that he was talking to a reporter. Bet the men in his neighborhood hate him. ;)
The BBC reports that “men rush when parking and end up wasting time and gas driving past available parking spaces and, once they do find one, are more apt to park sloppily.”
For My British Readers
With the exception of a study on parking that was done in the UK that I referenced near the end of this article that related mainly to spatial skills, all the statistics in this article and the conclusions made as a result of those statistics relate entirely to drivers in the United States.
However some of my readers want to relate the provided statistics to their own countries outside of the U.S. for some reason. I am not sure why. I would never attempt to relate statistics from Singapore, or South Africa, or anywhere outside the U.S. to people living here. It would make no sense at all. Other cultures and people are different and very few people live in anything close to the culture we have here in the U.S. I am not saying our culture is better or worse than any other country’s culture, only that it is different.
When you compare drivers in India or Japan or Indonesia, or any other country, to drivers in the U.S., you are comparing peaches and avocados. I love them both, but they are nothing alike.
United Kingdom Statistics
There are a couple of my readers who live in the United Kingdom, and they just cannot wrap their minds around the fact that the statistics herein are entirely relatable to the U.S. only, and not to the U.K.
So I thought I would do some quick research and see what sort of statistics I might find on the subject of driving in the United Kingdom, just so these readers of mine might perhaps be more at peace.
Some of the statistics I found were a bit older than I would prefer, but clearly the U.K. does not make a habit of collecting information as frequently and using it to determine their actions in regard to insurance premiums and the like, as much as companies in the U.S.
Keep in mind that England has an area about the size of the state of Wyoming with just under 63 million people somehow all fitting in there.
The statistics I found were from JMW Solicitors LLP who apparently handle many of the auto insurance claims in the U.K., and autoblog.com. Autoblog.com was citing what they described as a recent study done by Carrentals UK. It was posted on November 8, 2012.
Given that at least one of my readers of this article (from the U.K.) is very near stroking out, popping a blood vessel, and maybe even having a heart attack over the statistics relating to male drivers in the U.S., what I found is probably going to push him over the edge. The man is already beside himself after hearing that women are better drivers than men because in his mind women are not better than men at anything.
You see, the findings in studies done in the U.K. regarding who is the safer driver, men or women, is very similar to the statistics in the U.S., though some of them are a bit older. My references for this information can be found in the reference section.
Down To the Nitty Gritty
Scott Burgess (a man) writing for autoblog.com says after examining a recent study by Carrentals UK, “Now there's proof that women are the superior drivers.”
Burgess further quotes Gareth Robinson (also a man), Managing Director of Carrentals UK as saying, "While men would like to believe they are better than women behind the steering wheel, it is clear to see that male drivers performed worse in terms of speeding fines and penalty points.”
Robinson further stated, “It seems that while men performed poorly on the questionnaire and typically had a worse track record on the roads, they [still] believed that they were good drivers.”
Now that we know more men are cited for moving violations while driving a motor vehicle in the U.K. than women are, what about car crashes?
Well, one study says when women have accidents in the U.K. they are more likely to be fender benders where no one gets hurt. When men in the U.K. pile it up, it is usually because of high speed, and it is more often a serious crash, such as a multi-car accident or a head on collision. Male drivers have more expensive insurance claims than female drivers.
Now the most recent available statistics on car accidents in the U.K.
While women in the U.K. are often branded as bad drivers, statistically women are involved in fewer car accidents than men. In 1995 women drivers were involved in 1.8 million car accidents per million miles driven compared to men drivers who were involved in 2.9 million car accidents per million miles driven.
The reason given for men having more accidents than women is the same in the U.K. as it is in the U.S. It is thought that testosterone encourages male drivers to drive more aggressively and competitively, as well as to take more risks, thus, causing more accidents and most of those accidents are of a very serious nature.
This is backed up by statistics published by Phillips 2007 Atlases stating that men account for 80% of speeding fines in the UK. Research by road safety charity Brake lists the more reckless driving habits carried out by men:
- 44% of men have used a mobile phone while driving compared to just 30% of women.
- 20% of men have fallen asleep at the wheel compared to just 6% of women.
- 22% of men revealed they would drive at 7am following a heavy night of drinking compared to just 11% of women.
In addition, 93% of convicted drunk drivers in 2003 were male. Men are also three times as likely as women to be involved in a fatal car accident and they are more likely to kill pedestrians while operating a motor vehicle.
So much for trying to ease my British reader’s pain at discovering men are the worse drivers. These are the most recent statistics I could find and I spent more than an hour trying to find newer ones, although the statistical findings of the Carrentals UK study were recent -- from 2012. Not only were statistics for drivers in the U.K. hard to find, there were not many of them either. Let us hope that male British drivers have improved over the last few years.
One thing that has changed is that more women in the U.K. are getting driver’s licenses and fewer men are getting them. That is also comparable to the U.S. with the exception that here there are already more women than men with driver’s licenses and women are driving about the same amount of miles here as men do. In the U.K. overall men still hold about 10% more driver’s licenses than women, and still drive about twice as many miles as women.
This Could Happen to YOU!
So there you have it. Women may not do as well on spatial skills tests (although women in matriarchal cultures do just as well), but they certainly do better putting their spatial awareness skills into practice when it comes to driving.
Several studies and several different driving experts, not to mention insurance statistics, make it clear that women are safer drivers and that equals better drivers. Women cost insurance companies less money in settlements and claims – and more importantly, women drivers and their passengers live longer!
While there were a few studies that seemed to indicate other results, the evidence that women are in fact better drivers was overwhelming.
Women may want to think twice before allowing a man behind the wheel of any vehicle they are planning to travel in. Clearly the male predisposition for taking risks and driving aggressively makes irrelevant and useless any high score on a spatial skills test.
20% or so of men are supposed to be the exception, so women, if you are planning a trip, look for one of the limited edition male drivers to drive you if you cannot drive yourself.
Live Science: Culture, not gender is the reason men tend to do better on Spatial skills tests
Psychology Today – Women with Confidence Do Better On Spatial Skills
Huffington Post: Women Better At Parking
Time Magazine: Women Better At Parking
United Press International (UPI)
NY Times and Stereotypes About Women
PRNewswire: Women Better Drivers
The Examiner: Study Shows Women Better Drivers
The Wisegeek on Spatial Intelligence
John Hopkins University on Spacial Tasks
WebMD on Women Drivers
USA Today on which sex holds more driver’s licenses, which sex drivers more miles and which sex drives safer
NBC News on which sex holds more driver’s licenses
Huffington Post on which sex holds more driver’s licenses in the U.S.
Carrentals UK Study Report
Claims Solicitors Statistics
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 C E Clark
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 17, 2019:
MG Singh, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. In fact the data was collected by mostly male police officers and determined by who received more citations for traffic violations and who was found responsible for most accidents. According to the records studied, men are responsible for 80% of all accidents and about 99.9% of all fatal accidents and those so horrific they require the jaws of life to free the occupants of the vehicles. Apparently men have the more inferior "mental condition," at least while driving, and apparently the "environment" is less male friendly also, if what you say is true. It always amazes me to what extent men rationalize the facts on this issue.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 10, 2019:
Read this article after a long time by chance. Nice presentation but women or men being better drivers is a bit of a red rag. Nobody is better or worse as a driver, its the environment and the physical/mental condition of the driver.
Robert Sacchi on April 19, 2019:
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 19, 2019:
Robert Sacchi, thank you for sharing your thoughts.
I had never heard about 'spacial skills' until I was in high school, but I had heard that boys were better at various things than girls. Most of the girls I knew accepted that, but I considered it baloney. Tell me I can't do something cuz I'm a woman (girl when in school) and I will show you I not only can do it, but can do it better than most men.
I was informed by female classmates that a girl had to "let the boys win, or accept physical abuse from them" or they wouldn't like me. I said, and I can't use my actual words here, that basically I didn't care if they liked me or not. I refused to "let them win." If I had to let them win, then obviously they couldn't do whatever it was better than me.
If I had to put up with being hit and other physical abuses, then again, we would see about that. Hit me, and I will defend myself. I beat 2 boys up a the same time in the 4th grade! Hate me if you want, but do it with thoughts and words, not your physical body. Best of all, stay away from me for everyone's best good.
It continually amazes me how so many women are afraid if they assert themselves, and expect civilized treatment and appreciation for their accomplishments, that they will never get a man's 'attention' again. They don't know men very well.
I always got along with the boys when I was in elementary and high school and they seemed to respect the fact that I could often beat them at whatever the challenge was. When I didn't beat them they seemed to respect that I tried and faired pretty well even if I didn't always take first place. Of course when it came to academics I always came in first.
The point is that you shouldn't judge other women by me, or me by them, because in this area at least, I am not the norm. Fitting in has never been important to me, especially if I must pretend to be somebody I'm not, use/abuse alcohol or drugs, and a myriad of things that would make me like most other people.
Men are not better than me and I am not better than them. If I'm interested in doing something competitive with men, then I will do my best, and if they "ignore me or dislike me" for so doing, too bad, so sad. I will survive.
Robert Sacchi on April 12, 2019:
Yes, it is the environment as a whole. School is one of the venues that can make a person excel or lag behind. There is the home, friends, television, and a bunch of other influences. Ultimately it comes down to the person. You didn't believe that nonsense about spacial skills and with your skill proved the pseudo experts wrong,
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 12, 2019:
Robert Sacchi: Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
It isn't just what is "understood" in school, that females aren't as good at math or whatever. It is our society. From the day a woman is born she absorbs certain beliefs about herself (men do too, but they are different things) that society believes in general.
The idea that women are bad with spacial skills permeates our society, as do other beliefs about both men and women. Men are thought to be weaker if they show their emotions. There are many preconceived ideas about both sexes that program people without their even realizing it. Not much changes it because it starts with people as infants and the wrong headed ideas are constant and ubiquitous.
Robert Sacchi on April 02, 2019:
You have a point. Fortunately, it does seem to be reversible. There are many cases where people were told they weren't smart in one school then when they went to a different school they excelled.
One thing of interest I remember. Back in the late '70s, when the military was first letting women be pilots, Brooks AFB tested women in the centrifuge. From the start they found women could take G-forces at least as well as men. What I find interesting about the centrifuge it the physical element where the subject can release the dead man's stick anytime.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 02, 2019:
Robert Sacchi: Actually, some of the studies were conducted in matriarchal societies where little girls and women were never told they weren't good at spacial reasoning, and some of the studies were done in patriarchal societies where little girls and women are told continually and often that they aren't good at spacial reasoning or much of anything else.
Psychology studies have shown again and again that people tend to live up to what is expected of them. If they are told regularly that they are stupid, people will often behave as accused and imagine themselves incapable of certain things and not very good at anything.
If you want a stupid daughter or a stupid son, just start telling them from day one that they are stupid. You need not say "you are stupid" every time. You can use other words like inept, or you have bad judgment, or you're so clumsy, etc. I'm sure with a little thought you can come up with a myriad of ways you can tell your child that s/he is stupid. As they grow you will see the results. They will behave stupidly for the most part, because that is what they have been programmed to do, and to believe about themselves.
Like so many skills, spacial intelligence develops from birth. It isn't something that is accrued suddenly after one earns a Master's degree. In fact, people who have spacial skills usually display them even as children or teenagers. One needs to have some spacial skill just to move around and be aware of the space they are themselves taking up compared to other people/objects near by. One can, and most likely will, have a certain amount of spacial skill and reasoning ability even if they never set foot inside a school or other institution of learning in their lives.
I recommend that you read again, the section in this article that addresses spacial skills and who is better with them.
Thank you for your continued interest in this issue . . .
Robert Sacchi on March 20, 2019:
The difference in the patriarchal society was the men had 3 years more education. That could account for some or all of the difference.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 20, 2019:
Robert Sacchi: I believe tests were done in both matriarchies and patriarchies so that women who have never been taught that they are less because they are female could take the tests naturally. The test results of women who have been made to understand from before they were born that being female makes them inferior were then compared to the test results from the matriarchies.
Again, I recommend that you check my sources to learn exactly how the tests were administered and to whom. That is the reason I list my sources, so that people can check them and learn more about the issue and exactly how the results were arrived at.
Robert Sacchi on March 09, 2019:
It would seem properly administered tests should be set up to get around cultural bias.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 08, 2019:
Robert Sacchi, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I don't remember when the tests were done. I know that many of the women tested were from matriarchal countries and compared to the results of women in patriarchal countries.
It is a fact that when women (or anyone) is taught from childhood to believe that they are inferior, that belief is pretty well set in their brains and nothing will change it.
You could check my references and see when and where and under what conditions the tests were done.
Robert Sacchi on February 26, 2019:
A very detailed article. Impressive. Do you know if these spatial tests were done without the subjects knowing what was being tested? It would be interesting to look at older, pre-1960, stats or stats from countries where women were only recently permitted to drive.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 04, 2018:
Qedrin Booth, thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed this article.
Qedrin Booth on June 30, 2018:
This was a great read! Thanks for sharing your pages with me today. I’m the one that helped your eyes today!
Kjax on February 20, 2017:
I stopped at the first invocation of 'sexist.'
Anecdotally, as a commercial driver (14 yrs), I see a lot of bad drivers. I couldn't really say which sex is more offensive, on the road... I don't pay attention to that (male/female) behind the wheel of the rig.
In my car? On a motorcycle? Women. Hands down, winners at bad driving. I'm 49. Lived in many (US) states. And very few women that I've ridden in a car with, didn't scare me.
Inconsistent throttle, speeding, going too slow, abrupt braking, lack of use of mirrors, lack of use of signals, swerving, cutting other drivers off...
But usually not aggressive. That, I see solely with guys. Go figure.
TellingTheRealTruth on December 24, 2016:
Men are definitely much better drivers since Most women today are very Dangerous on the road since they like to Speed And Tailgate all the time which these Pathetic Losers need to get a life since they really Don't have one at all. I am waiting for a day when a woman hits me from behind for tailgating me and i will have a Good Lawsuit on her.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 03, 2016:
ValKaras, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I'm sorry it's taken me nearly 2 months to get back to you -- and that's how long it's been since I've answered a single comment from anyone. As I've stated previously in this comments section, I know both men and women who are good drivers and I have had experience with both who were just the opposite as well. Statistics were gathered by police all over the country and so hopefully they are more accurate than not. The most important thing here (IMHO) is driving safely to save lives.
Val Karas from Canada on October 06, 2016:
Excellent hub with a lot of convincing statistics. Being an individualist I am not prone to generalizing, and if asked that question I would probably answer by asking; "WHICH man? WHICH woman?" Personally, I have terrible spatial skills - as for a man. When I park, I may be up to a yard away from the front or back object at the moment when I stop. I simply have no feeling how much space I have available. My wife is a true wizard at packing all that mountain of stuff into our suitcases before our trips. She doesn't drive at all, but there are some obvious indications that she could be easily confused or even panicky in some complex and testing traffic situations - despite usually being a relatively calm person. Each in our own ways - we both suck as drivers, except that my driving record is clean of any offences, that including parking tickets. So we could say that I am after all a "good driver", if defensiveness counts. Cool, collected, patient, and yet I would never go as far as saying that "man are better at driving", first because I don't have all the statistic information (even if my individualism would care to prove it one way or another); and second, I am not inclined one bit to compete with women. I love them, I don't feel threatened by them, or would I have a need to prove myself to them by comparing our abilities. Except for those secondary gender differences - I see us as equal. But viva the difference!!!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 25, 2016:
Reviewsbypat, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! If you read every word then you know that statistics and insurance companies agree that women are the best drivers because they are the safest drivers with the fewest citations and accidents as a group. ;)
Pat Kane from Belfast, Ireland on January 20, 2016:
Wow, these images of crashes are shocking. The who hub is so well put together. The article is amazing, I only intended to glance over it and ended reading it all. This is of course another opportunity for men and women to verbally spar over what is a red hot topic, whose skill on the road surpasses the other? But the answer of course is an obvious one. The best driver is neither male nor female, but rather the one who keeps their attention on the road...lol. Take it easy folks, I hope you all have a relaxing weekend. Thanks to C. E. Clark for posting!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 19, 2015:
Sharon, thank you for stopping by and sharing your experiences. I have found that both men and women mess up, and sometimes pretty badly, but the stats, which are not antidotal or biased in any way, show that men are more inclined to take risks and to drive competitively and those characteristics often cause serious if not fatal accidents.
I'm glad you were able to get the security tape because that no doubt saved you a lot of money on insurance premiums.
Blessings and hugs to you also . . .
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 18, 2015:
SweetiePie, I live in an urban area. The Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington (DFW) area is the 4th largest metropolitan area in the U.S., (nearly 7 million people).
I'm not saying it never happens to anyone, but I have never been yelled at in an intentionally rude way while walking down the street or crossing the street. Neither was I when I lived in Milwaukee, which is just over a million and a half population for that metro area.
I also lived in the Boston metro area for 3 years. No problems there either. I really think it is a reflection of the particular area. People do vary from one place to another as I noted having lived in 5 different states.
Or perhaps there's something about you that grabs their attention. Maybe they just hate bicyclists. Some people do because they hold up traffic. Anytime you hold traffic up, whether walking, biking, texting, etc., you will get lots of single digit waves and people yelling at you. Not saying that's OK, but it is pretty universal.
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on November 18, 2015:
On the street harassment thing, it is pretty universal, actually, but it pertains more to urban areas. It might be more pervasive in urban areas because you just run into more people, but I have read accounts of women in Paris, New York, London, etc who had men say untoward comments thrown their way. I will say I did not encounter as much of this behavior in the Midwest, but it certainly does happen in areas where there is more of an urban atmosphere and less community based. Also, I think my odds are heightened for experiencing it because I am walking and biking every day of my life, which is cumulative more time outside on the street than a person in a car. That seems to be the common thread among people who are harassed in the streets verbally, they just have more time to be exposed to it. As I have got older I receive less harassment, but when I was younger it was worse. I have seen younger women walking alone targeted more often.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 16, 2015:
Au fait, when we were out Saturday we saw a stupid stunt by a man (which I pointed out to hubby) that put our lives in danger.
But, the girl/woman Jessica who works at Texas Road House, puts women in a bad light when she hit us in the rear while we were waiting to turn onto the highway. What a surprise when I got a copy of the surveillance tape and turned it over to her insurance.
Blessings and Hugs, stay dry.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 16, 2015:
SweetiePie, I don't doubt women get verbal abuse while biking and/or walking. The world seems to be getting meaner as time goes on. I've never gotten any and don't know of anyone whose mentioned it besides you, so I really think it might be the region of the country you're living in. The atmosphere and attitude of people really does vary as much if not more than the landscape when you travel around the country.
I've lived in 5 different states and I can tell you that as much as people have in common they also have differences. Sometimes those differences are attitudes and behavior towards other people.
I don't know how men would know for sue that they're paying more for their car insurance. Did they call around for estimates and pretend to be a woman on some of those calls? Generally insurance companies only quote your price, not what they would charge other people.
On average men make more money than women and as a result probably buy more new cars which generally have higher insurance premiums because of the payoff and repair expenses if it comes to that. Also, as the statistics show, men are responsible for 80% of all accidents. So their rates should be higher. But so often where you live and how much money you earn plays a bigger part in your insurance premiums than your driving record. All I can tell you for suer is that live isn't fair . . . :)
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on November 11, 2015:
It may have been the case in general that young men sometimes pay the same as women, but I have actually read several articles talking about how men pay more than women for insurance over the course of their lifetime. Also, I had young men tell me as such, and I do not think they would be making this up. They were told they were charged more, but maybe it was because they got into accidents.
Also, I am a life long pedestrian and bicyclist, and young women do encounter a lot of verbal abuse when walking and biking. I experienced it first hand. There is also a site where women share experiences about such things. I guess I just had to add that extra info.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 11, 2015:
SweetiePie, thank you for commenting on this issue. Yes, some young women are trying very hard to assert their equality by driving as foolishly as some young men do.
In the places I have lived (CA was one of them), both young men and young women were charged the same premiums for car insurance in the name of equality. That has been true for decades. There was a time long ago when girls were generally considered safer drivers and so their premiums were lower, but that was indeed long ago.
From my experience, auto insurance companies will use any excuse to raise the cost of their insurance. In fact I have read that most insurance companies do not even base insurance rates on driving records anymore. They are more likely to base it on the neighborhood you live in and the kind of car you have. In other words, if they think you can afford it, they'll stick it to ya.
There are without a doubt bad women drivers out there. I'm not saying there aren't. But statistics regarding citations and accidents gathered by police all across this country do not lie. They are not opinion, they are facts about things that have happened and who was at fault for them happening.
I have never had anyone yell at me when crossing the street anywhere I have lived. I do know that people differ a lot sometimes depending on where they live. People are highly prone to rudeness on the road in Minnesota for example. They are just as rude on the phone. That has been my experience.
I lived in Northern CA back in the late 80s. There was one situation where a man walked up to my car while I was at a red traffic light and put his foot up on the door of my car just below the window. I don't know why. I was waiting to see what he would do next since I could not move my car. Fortunately he was satisfied with the extent to which he had been asinine and felt no need to escalate the situation.
Try walking in a different city and a different region and hopefully people will be more considerate and courteous.
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on November 09, 2015:
The research and the data has shown up until recently men tended to get in more accidents when they were younger than women. I know here in California men under 25 sometimes pay three times higher insurance rate premiums than women of the same age. This is not exactly a proven statistic, but I did read an article a couple of years ago that differences between the genders in driving is changing with the up and coming generation. Some driving school noted how girls in the past seemed more apt to follow the rules, and less likely to speed, but recently both boys and girls are doing the same. There are definitely cases where women have done some crazy things on the road. There was one young woman who wanted to kill herself and was having a texting fight with her boyfriend, and then drove head on into another woman and her son going the opposite direction. The woman and her son were killed on impact, and the young woman never apologized for causing this death. However, in general the statistics do still show that men tend to have more aggression on the road. I have had men flip me off and scream at me for not getting out of the cross walk fast enough while crossing the street. I have had been scream whore at me for simply walking. I am not saying all men are like this, but I usually do not have women driving by and screaming at me. A lot female pedestrians have told me the same things. Now I am not trying to stereotype anyone, but what I do think is how do some people get and maintain their licenses.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 28, 2015:
Thank you Peggy W., for commenting and sharing this article! For some reason some men read this and feel like their manhood is being somehow threatened, maybe because they identify with the bad statistics? Who knows why, but they will refute the facts over and over and try to replace them with their own so-called facts arrived at through anecdotal evidence or their own imaginations.
Agree that it is a good thing when a family gathers around a dinner table and has at least one meal together most if not every day.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 27, 2015:
I had to laugh at some of the latest comments. Hard to argue with statistics! Ha! Sharing once again in case this topic comes up at someone's dinner table...assuming they eat together in one place. I am glad that when I was growing up we typically ate dinner together each night and discussed what had transpired that day...or other topics of interest. Nice to have that kind of time regularly spent together as a family unit. This is off topic I realize...unless someone uses your article as the genesis of a talk about auto safety when it comes to driving. Could be done around a dinner table! :)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 20, 2015:
"Being Honest," thank you for stopping by to let us know you had a bad experience. I'm sorry that happened, but one really does have to expect the possibility if one drives on public streets, don't you think? When I drove professionally 11 hours a day, 5 days a week, I had to deal with terrible drivers all day long. Thankfully they didn't get under my skin or I would have spent all day every day being angry.
If one knows they will be around some bad drivers, which is pretty much a given if you drive on public streets, then one should be prepared to drive defensively at all times and take it in stride.
I could tell you didn't read the article. All I can say is if you think women are horrible drivers, and I admit, some of them are, and some women are just bad drivers sometimes, not all the time -- but despite all of that, government records collected by police departments all across this country show that men cause more than 80% of all accidents and practically all of the worst ones.
Not to say there are no good male drivers out there, because there are some excellent male drivers, but sadly, most of them are not excellent. The best male drivers are rare.
So if you think women are terrible drivers, you should see how men drive! They're even worse according to statistics gathered by very credible dependable sources.
Come back and read the whole article when you have a couple of minutes. Thank you again for dropping in. :)
BeingHonest on July 20, 2015:
Much women are the absolute Worst since many of them are the biggest speeders and tailgaters these days.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 03, 2015:
Updated, with a new photo you won't want to miss!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 14, 2015:
Shyron, thank you for voting on and sharing this article again, and for the blessings and hugs. Men can't seem to control their urge to take risks and compete and I see that everyday now that I'm on the road more again. They simply must be ahead of me no matter what speed I'm going which usually means they have to speed to pass me. Though I'm going the speed limit, I'm left in their dust. We meet again at the next traffic light and I am so impressed with their fantastic driving skills that got them to that light ahead of me! ;)
Blessings and hugs for you too.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 13, 2015:
All men think they are superior drivers to any woman no matter what the statistics Prove. Even my wonderful hubby thinks he is a better driver then me. But I am not the one who hit the curb.
Voted up, UABI and shared.
Blessings and Hugs
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 13, 2015:
Thanks for stopping by peachpurple.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 11, 2015:
both men and women are addicted to texting while driving, accidents always happens
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 18, 2015:
Peggy W, thank you for returning and reading the comments, and for the share. Comments can be informative and they can be as interesting (or more so sometimes) than the article they appear on! ;)
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2015:
I am laughing at some of the comments you have gotten on this hub. Accurate statistics don't lie. Will share this hub again. There are probably others who will want to debate or put their two cents in the pot so to speak. Ha!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 10, 2014:
David Allen Law, thank you for commenting on this article! Everyone should indeed drive safely and keep their mind on what they are doing. No texting or other distractions. One must drive defensively at all times and if one takes their driving seriously, hopefully no accidents will occur, especially those life changing kind.
Looking forward to reading some of your work. Happy holidays!
David Allen Law on December 08, 2014:
No matter your gender everyone needs to remember to drive safely! When it comes to other people’s negligence make sure you have the right defense to seek reimbursement for any injuries.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 26, 2014:
JayeWisdom, thank you for reading and commenting on this article and for sharing your thoughts and experience on this subject.
Yes, I stated that the reason psychologists believe women have better driving records is because most men are very competitive and seem to like taking risks.
There are good male drivers out there and I know several of them, but the stats that are made up from accident reports and citation records tell us that in general, men are not the best drivers.
I am only passionate when people make ridiculous statements such as "Being a careful driver doesn't mean being a good driver." Excuse me? Is that suggesting that unsafe drivers are good drivers? Believe me, lots of crazy things have been put in this comments section.
The information in this article is based entirely on hard records, not on what somebody thinks or feels. Not on somebody's opinion. It is based on how many men and how many women received citations for breaking traffic laws and what law they broke. It is based on accident records filled out at the scene by cops who are still mostly men.
I have included several studies, who conducted them, and how they were conducted. This is a very lengthy article so I suspect most people don't bother reading it, they just state their opinions based on general belief of the people they know and the information they have been fed all of their lives, right or wrong. I can't tell you how many people tell me they do not want to have to think, and I suspect that makes reading an article that is basically educational seem pretty tedious.
My articles, not just this one, often get comments that have no relation to the subject of the article and so it becomes obvious that person commenting did not read the article. I often put things in the last part of my articles that a person will not know if they don't read the article in its entirety. I don't do it to stump people, it's just my writing style. Even so, that writing habit often tells on people who have not read the article.
Thanks for the votes!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 25, 2014:
Aunt Jimi, thank you for stopping. Word55 is a nice guy so don't pick on him too much. See ya when you get in Friday night. Take care . .
Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 22, 2014:
Au fait - This is a very well-researched and organized hub, and you are obviously passionate about the topic. I applaud you for the very thorough result.
As with most skills and abilities, I usually think that aptitude, training and attitude outweigh gender when considering the performance of individuals, either women or men.
Since the stats show that more men have accidents than women, I think the tendency of men to be more aggressive and impatient than women when driving contributes to accidents. (I've had two husbands, both of whom drove too fast, too aggressively and took unnecessary chances. I count myself lucky to have lived through my marriages! Haha.)
But yes, women collectively have the requisite skills, aptitude and attitude to out-drive men. Stereotypes should be avoided when insisting that women 'can't' do something well. For every woman who may not want to do something generally considered a 'masculine' pursuit, there are many women who not only want to do it, but do it in a superior manner.
I am probably not the best person to comment on this issue because I am a woman who has always HATED driving, yet I've driven a lot since I got my driver license as a teen. That was because it was necessary, not because I wanted to drive. I've driven cars of varying sizes, from a two-seater to a very large car. I drove a van for a while, as well as two pickup trucks.
I was prepared for driving by driver education in high school and in my mid-40s took a comprehensive defensive driving course. I also did well on my driver license tests (including those necessary when I moved from state to state and encountered differing laws). But nothing ever made me want to drive, and that affects the comfort zone and ability. I suppose it's a personal idiosyncracy or my own individual aptitude and attitude (since I had ample training).
Here's a funny anecdote about my aversion to driving. Before my retirement, I often had to make several road trips per month for work purposes. Most were one-day round trips from my work division's base city to a branch office in another city and state, three hours away. Often I was accompanied by two other managers, both of whom were women. Even though we used my company car, I always 'suggested' that one of them might want to drive. It got to be a joke, particularly when they started referring to me as 'Miss Daisy.' It tells you how much I disliked driving that I just laughed along with them about the nickname and continued to let myself be 'chauffered.' Anything to avoid driving!
Fortunately, I don't need to drive a car much these days, although less practice makes me even more uncomfortable as a driver. Age is now a factor, so when the day finally arrives for my son to hols out his hand for my car keys (shades of Miss Daisy!), I won't put up an argument. I will gladly give them up.
Again, my feelings toward driving and my ability to do it are based on all the things that make me an individual--not because I'm a woman.
Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on July 22, 2014:
I always have to stop and check the comments on this hub of yours every now and then. They're often so incredible. Not disappointed either. I see Word55 thinks all those studies you referenced were merely your opinion and he says, they may be on point too. That's funny. I guess people who have never written a research paper think all writing is only somebody's opinion. I wonder if the reason they don't know who is the Vice President or the Speaker of the House of the U.S. is because they never listen to or read the news. Seems to them everything is opinion -- fiction in other words. Apparently some people don't know what a fact is either. They seem to think people can just manufacture them at will.
Love this hub of yours and it's fun to see how so many people, mostly men, but some women too, can't deal with having the misconceptions they've heard all their lives outed.
Should be back in town next weekend. See ya then. Voted up and the works, also sharing with my followers.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 20, 2014:
Shyron, thank you for coming by, glad you enjoy the comments. Thanks for the votes and shares and the pin too. One can never have too many -- like hugs and love and prayers.
Haven't seen you here for a while. Hope all is well and that you haven't become discouraged. Take care . .
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 15, 2014:
Word55, thanks for stopping by. If something isn't on point it isn't a fact. You can't be a good driver if you're not a careful driver.
It's a 'fact' that a person who has lots of accidents is not a good driver. Driving slow on the freeway or on highways can cause lots of accidents and so a slow driver is not necessarily a careful or a good driver.
Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 13, 2014:
Hi Au fait, This was good. I appreciate your point of view. I believe it also and from my observation women tend to be more careful drivers than men. Perhaps, your facts were on point as well :-)
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 10, 2014:
Thought I would give this another shout out, the comments are really interesting, I really do enjoy reading them. But it is hard to argue with facts.
Every driver should read this.
Voted up, UABI, pinned to AH and shared
I hope all is well with you.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 17, 2014:
Thank you Peggy W for Tweeting and Pinning this article!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2014:
Will pin this again and tweet. Well documented article as to who make for the better drivers. ☺
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 13, 2014:
Thank you for coming by Shyron, and for the votes and share. I believe repeating nonsense over and over again in an effort to force someone to agree just so the nonsense will stop is harassment. I don't mind if someone disagrees with me, but when they attack my intelligence, my logic, and my work, they need to have more than their delicate ego to support their arguments.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 08, 2014:
I really like this Au fait, and came back to read the comments, that would make a good comic book.
Voted up, UABI, and Shared
Blessings my friend
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 03, 2014:
Shyron, thank you for your comments, votes, and share! Glad you enjoy!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 27, 2014:
Au fait, I like to come back and read the intertaining comments on here. It is so much fun to read about what others say, especially on this subject.
Voted up, UAI pinned and shared
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 27, 2014:
Thank you Peggy W for tweeting this article!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2014:
I can see that you have gotten many more interesting comments since I first read this and pinned it. Will give it a tweet today!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 24, 2014:
Sam (samowhamo), thank you for stopping by and commenting. 'They' have been talking about flying cars since I was in elementary school -- a very long time ago. Can you imagine everyone flying home at rush hour in their private flying vehicles in New York or Chicago, Los Angeles, or Dallas? I honestly think that would be more dangerous and congested than the present situation.
As for cars that drive themselves, according to an issue of Popular Mechanics from last year, the first cars that drive themselves will be on the market and available to anyone who can afford them in 2017. So save your money!
Research shows that computer controlled vehicles are safer by far. They don't get distracted with cell phones, texting, occupants they're gabbing with while they drive, or by misbehaving or sick/injured children, etc.
Hope all's well there.
samowhamo on February 22, 2014:
I read somewhere that within a few decades from now flying cars will be invented and that they might even be able to drive themselves using computers. I wonder if this would make driving safer.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 16, 2014:
WriterJanis, thank you for stopping by. Hope you read the article too. Yes, people do seem to have trouble accepting that what they have believed forever, or want to believe, is not quite right.
Janis from California on February 12, 2014:
I think I could spend hours here reading all the comments here. Quite a heated debate. With that I'll just say that you have some amazing photos on your hub.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 30, 2013:
Thank you for stopping by Deborah-Diane. I know there are some good male drivers out there and I know several personally, but then there are the ones who must take risks and cause accidents. Like you, I hope they will decide to be more responsible and save lives -- including their own.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 29, 2013:
Thank you for reading and commenting Aunt Jimi! Also for sharing. I hope the men who drive irresponsibly will pay attention and stop taking needless silly chances, and stop feeling the need to competitive on the road, so that they can really be the better drivers they believe themselves to be. There are a lot of good male drivers and I know some of them personally, but unfortunately they are not the majority.
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on December 28, 2013:
This time of year, when there is such a huge increase in traffic accidents, is a great time to share this article. Perhaps some people will decide to make better choices in their driving!
Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on December 27, 2013:
I love this hub and I know a lot of other women who do too! Had to come back and reread some of my favorite sections. Going to share this with my followers.
Hope you and your daughter had a great Christmas!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 13, 2013:
Thank you Victoria Lynn for reading and commenting on this article! In those few places on this planet where women are truly considered equal, research showed that women are just as good at spacial skills as men. The difference was that where women are considered equal, they have more confidence and faith in their own abilities and perform better on tests of all kinds.
Where women are told from the day they're born that they are inferior to men and cannot do this or that -- well, as in most cases of every kind, people live up to society's expectations.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 10, 2013:
Statistics don't lie! Good job on all the research! Men may know how car works, and may have more spatial skills--who knows--but women are generally more careful. It totally makes sense.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 25, 2013:
Thank you Denise Handlon for reading and commenting on this article! Also for the votes and share. I was really surprised at what I found when I got into researching this issue. I figured it would be a draw. It is that untamed urge for risk and competition that seems to be the downfall for men. Most of them know how to drive well, they just get sidetracked by their desire to take risks and then all their knowledge of driving goes out the window . . . ;) Glad you enjoyed!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 24, 2013:
Shyron E Shenko, thank you for the votes, the shares, and the congrats, and most of all for being a good friend.
I have a bird's eye view most of the day, and do you know who I see talking and/or texting most often while they're driving? And do you know they even do it in a school zone where the fines here in my school district start at $200 a pop? If you guessed men, you're right!
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 23, 2013:
Not because I am female and the superior sex of driving, but this article is AWESOME. You have really spent some time doing research here! I am amazed with your tenacity and drive for information. Well done. UP and across for the information and examples, as well as the awesome photos. Sharing.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 16, 2013:
Thank you for stopping by Aunt Jimi, and for the Congrats. Yes, it is true that some men have problems performing if they feel threatened. Some men must feel superior in order to feel good about themselves. Some women suffer from this same complex, but of course it's less obvious when women can't perform. ;)
Given how researchers came to the conclusions that they did on this issue, I really don't understand why anyone thinks there's something to argue about. Of course there are some people who do not believe it's important to be a safe driver in order to also be a good driver. Sort of like it being possible to be a great lawyer even though s/he lost every case s/he ever handled. ;) Would you hire an excellent driver who had an average of one serious accident a year and a stack of traffic citations? Not talking parking tickets here.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 15, 2013:
You really took a bite out of men's ego! You busted their bubble, shredded their last hope of being superior to women.
Love it. This is the one that should go viral!
Voting up across the board, posted on fb and sharing again!
Congrats on Editor's choice.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 12, 2013:
starbright, glad you could spare a few seconds!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 08, 2013:
Hezekiah, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. In fact who is the better driver was determined by who has the most accidents, especially severe accidents and accidents under the influence. Also by who gets the most citations for breaking the traffic laws.
How researchers determined who is the better driver was stated in this hub and there is no difficulty whatever in determining who that is. One need only count the number of citations in every category and separate them according to whether the driver was male or female. Also, count the number of accidents caused by men and the number of accidents caused by women.
Safety is the most important factor when driving.
Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on October 07, 2013:
Well, I've noticed a few women who don't feel the need to kiss up to men for fear men will ignore them, making comments on here. About time. Facts are what they are and it's time for people to face reality. I've heard that when men lose their superior positions they also find it hard to perform. Any truth to that? You're the PSYC major.
Going to share this again. Note you got Editor's Choice on it -- Congrats!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 05, 2013:
Thank you Nell Rose for reading and sharing your observations and thoughts on this issue! Also for voting on, pinning, and sharing this hub! Yes, it seems that some men are having a very difficult time accepting the debunking of the myth that men are better drivers. ;)
Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on September 30, 2013:
Thanks for sharing this one. Shared.
Hezekiah from Japan on September 30, 2013:
Great hub, although it's difficult to judge driving skill on the street or everyday roads. Some people say skill is the ability to drive high speed narrowing through objects. Other say that skill is to drive safe. In any case, I've seen women struggle with parking only due to being cautious. Men may be overconfident and scrape a car while parking too fast. All the same in the end - drive safe.
Nell Rose from England on September 29, 2013:
Hi, you put a lot of work into this one, nice one! I don't actually drive, but I also read and see what's happening, how men can say they are the better drivers is beyond me, the facts speak for themselves, and the statistics every day, voted up amazing! shared and pinned, nell
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 08, 2013:
Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue and for writing a Bubble about this article! Yes, men need to learn to drive more responsibly. Just knowing how to drive and how to drive well doesn't cut it. A person must follow through on what they know and actually do it if they want to be considered a good driver -- and stay alive.
Heard a few years ago that thinking about exercising had just as good a result as actually exercising. That never worked for me and I don't think merely thinking/knowing about/how to drive well makes much difference either if a person doesn't actually do it.
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on September 07, 2013:
Thank you for writing this article! Even though I used to be a Realtor and often drove around in my car all day long, I have never had even a minor car accident. I have only had one ticket in the past 25 years ... for failing to come to a full stop before making a right turn on red. (Personally, I think the cop was being a jerk because I did stop long enough to see there was no oncoming traffic, but not long enough to please the officer.) On the other hand, my husband has had a number of car accidents and a few tickets. He is almost 70 and still drives recklessly at times. I have even taken my own car places a few times, which will get him to drive more responsibly for a few months. I loved your stories and your statistics in this article. I am pinning this and tweeting it. GREAT article! I am also going to write a short bubble (on Bubblews) about your article and include the URL of your article for people to come back and read the full report. I hate to sound so enthusiastic ... but I believe women need to receive this kind of encouragement ... and men need to learn they should drive more responsibility if they don't want to kill themselves or someone else.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 07, 2013:
Thank you thelyricwriter for reading and commenting on this article! Also for voting on and sharing on FB.
People 16-25 have more accidents than people over 60.
Being responsible for accidents, especially serious accidents, means a person needs to use better judgment and possibly improve their driving skills. Despite what some people want to believe, you can't be a good driver and also drive around having accidents and killing people.
A person might consider him or herself a good driver because whenever they crash their vehicle they kill somebody and their fatality rate may be 100%, but that doesn't mean they are a good driver. The wisdom here is that you should be operating a vehicle for practical or recreational purposes, not in order to kill people -- even if you are one of those people who considers killing people recreational and your favorite thing to do.
Often times it isn't that a person's driving skills are bad, but that their judgment is bad, taking unnecessary risks etc. There are indeed both male and female bad drivers, but according to accident reports and reports on who gets citations for breaking various traffic laws, men get the prize.
Men are bad drivers 8 times for every 2 times a woman is a bad driver. Serious and often fatal accidents are, according to officers who made reports at the scene of the accidents, the fault of men 80% of the time. Male drivers also tend to have the more serious accidents, some of which end up killing their passengers and themselves.
Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 02, 2013:
Au Fait, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared on FB. Very informative article. I never have thought about who is the better driver, men or women. I've been driving for nearly 20 years and I have come to the same conclusion, old people can't drive, men and women:) I loved all the stats, very interesting. The numbers don't lie though, they are what they are. In all honesty, both sexes have bad drivers. Interesting topic, great article.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 31, 2013:
Thank you Shyron, for the votes, the share, and for your untiring support. Expect it is very difficult for men when they have been brought up to believe and told all of their lives that they are superior to suddenly be told they are not. ;)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 27, 2013:
Thank you sgbrown for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article! Also, thanks for the votes and support. No doubt there are individual good male drivers, but as a group . . . ;)
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 24, 2013:
I agree with sgbrown, you can't win especially with husbands. Even though my hubby says he agrees with you Au fait, but when we are out and he sees something stupid, he usually says "that has got to be a woman." My reply now is: No Way! "Only a man could do something like that."
I am glad stats are on my side.
Voted-up, UABI and shared. I pinned this before.
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on August 24, 2013:
I am so glad to see all the statistics and information here. I am NOT going to get into this discussion here or with hubby, as I will not win, but I know myself that I have always been correct in believing that women are the better drivers. Voting this up and interesting, great job! :)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 23, 2013:
Thank you HappyMikeWritter for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Records of accidents and traffic citations show that in fact it does matter if one is male or female. 80% of all traffic accidents are caused by male drivers and the vast majority of traffic violations in every category are issued to male drivers. Safe drivers are good drivers. Unsafe drivers are not good drivers regardless of which sex they happen to be. Glad you enjoyed this article! :)
HappyMikeWritter on August 21, 2013:
Is hard to say. I believe is not about being man or a woman but human. If you are a human you drive the way that is safe for everyone. If you are a piggy driver, you drive like a piggy and won't matter if you are a man or woman. Many people believe all you need for driving is a skill to drive but I trully believe it involve a brain as well :-)
Love your article :-)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 19, 2013:
Thank you girishpuri for reading and commenting on this article and for sharing your thoughts on this subject!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 18, 2013:
Hackslap . . . hope your day is going well . .
Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 17, 2013:
Very interesting debate here. as far as my experience is concerned, my wife drives better than me.. lol. very impressive choice of topic, congratulations.
Harry from Sydney, Australia on August 16, 2013:
well since this is your article .. i'll let you have the last say .. it's a deuce :) ... and I guess Im probably looking foolishly charming so we'll halt at that..... adios
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 16, 2013:
Hackslap, you need to actually read this article, which you obviously have not yet done. When you make comments about things you have not read it can make you look, well, the way you're looking right now. Want to gripe? Gripe at the researchers. I'm just reporting the findings. Safer drivers equals better drivers.
Harry from Sydney, Australia on August 16, 2013:
Not sure which study you're referring to Au Fait..but it has been scientifically proven that women take longer to master the art of parking than men due to the way their brains have been wired .. there's no disgrace Ms Fait ..men do somethings better (for example looking at the road while driving and not staring at their engagement ring only to crash into the car ahead or taking 15 mins to parallel park an eco-hatchback only to be filmed by a group of teenagers and having the clip go viral on YouTube :P)
In all fairness I'll concede though that women are more finicky on the road and that makes them safer drivers (i had my driving test with a female inspector!..fortunately i passed :)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 16, 2013:
Thank you for stopping by Hackslap. Given that men, according to the studies cited here, are responsible for 80% of all auto accidents, I think it might be a good idea if they kept their vehicles parked. However, the study on parking a vehicle concluded that women do that better too. ;)
Harry from Sydney, Australia on August 14, 2013:
Nice article!..Us guys tend to think we're better drivers based on our ability to parallel park better ...:)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 04, 2013:
Thank you Sherry Hewins for sharing your experience with driving. There are some good male drivers out there so hopefully your husband's record will remain clean even if a bit scary. ;)
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 03, 2013:
pstraubie48, thank you for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing this hub. Appreciate your candor also.
Most of the time when statistics are manipulated it is when people make them up as they go, or at least as often, manipulate the answers to questions they may be polling.
For example, would you object to helping a person in need? Your answer would most likely be no, you would not object.
How about we phrase it this way? Would you object to giving an able bodied person a handout? In this case, your answer is most likely to be yes, you would mind.
Both mean essentially the same thing, but the words chosen for the question and the way it is asked manipulates the likely answer.
You are correct in that one study I referenced was done by a university and another, which I stated in my text, was the New York City Police Department. I think neither had a horse in this particular race. In other words, the stats had no effect on them personally or on their organizations. No one involved in these studies had a stake in the outcome or conclusion. There was no reason to manipulate the stats. As you say, there were records to back them up. Official citations handed out to drivers for breaking traffic laws, and accident reports made out by police officers at the scene taking note of who was driving and who was at fault.
Were there fender benders that never got reported or documented? I'm sure there were, but even without them, the stats regarding who causes the most serious and fatal accidents was clear.
Of the fender benders that are reported and documented, women are often at fault. Most of the time the damage is small and there are no fatalities in a fender bender.
Most of the accidents in question here that have been documented were not fender benders. I doubt there were any serious accidents or accidents that included human fatalities that were not reported. Can you imagine someone dying in an auto accident and no one calling the police or an ambulance? Just sneaking the body off and burying it? No one noticing that they don't see Old John around anymore, wonder where he went?
There was a hit and run in the Dallas area some years ago. A woman hit a pedestrian and he was thrown up on the hood of her car and stuck against the windshield. She drove her car home with the man still alive and parked it in her garage and left it there and the man of course died. No accident report -- not right away. I don't remember how it was discovered, but eventually the police caught up with the woman and the man was, I believe, still on her hood. The police did document it once discovered. It was a couple of weeks or maybe a month after it happened. I don't remember exactly, but I did hear some of the news reports on the evening news. The woman went to jail more for hit and run and letting the man die, than for hitting him in the first place. He had been walking along the side of the freeway late at night, not a good place for a stroll, but not getting him help immediately was unconscionable and the court agreed with that.
I think it's a matter of dividing the citations and accidents into different piles according to what kind they were and then dividing those piles each into 2 piles, one for women and one for men. Then just count and see who wins the prize.
Frankly I thought the stats would be more evenly distributed since I well know that there are both terrible female and male drivers. I've seen them both behind the wheel many times.
As surprised as I was to discover that men are the worse drivers, I think it truly shocked some men who apparently have all of their masculinity wrapped up in the idea of being superior to women generally, and especially when it comes to driving.
Yes many mechanics do take advantage of women who know very little about how cars are built and how they run, but more and more men are being taken advantage of for the same reason. Not nearly as many shade tree mechanics out there as there used to be with the advent of computers being added.
It's always good to drive defensively. Like I said, CDL holders, no matter if they're driving a commercial vehicle or their own personal motor vehicle, are expected to prevent accidents even when the accident wouldn't be there fault, and that means leaving your ego at home when you're driving. You may have the right of way and still have to just be patient and let someone else go ahead in order to prevent an accident.
Being alert to what is going on around you and avoiding distractions goes a long way towards preventing accidents. Make sure you have enough time to reach your destination so you won't be tempted to speed and so you will be more inclined to be patient with those people who will inevitably do crazy things around you.