Why are women better drivers?

Concentrating too hard?
Concentrating too hard?
The old story about whether women are better drivers than men has reared its head again. The brains of men and women work differently, which is why women have fewer accidents than men, according to research conducted at the University of Bradford. Insurance companies offer lower premiums to women as a result.

The scientists looked at how well people could switch from one task to another after having their attention "fixed" on one task and found that women are significantly better than men at shifting concentration quickly, while doing tasks such as motorway driving.

Researcher and PhD student Amarylis Fox said: "Women seem to realise that they are being asked to do something new much more quickly than men. Men tend to blindly carry on with the original task."

The researchers attributed the effect to oestrogen. Fox said: "Our study suggests that oestrogens may positively influence neuronal activity in the frontal lobes, the area of the brain stimulated by tasks of attention and rule learning, which could explain the female advantage when performing these tasks."

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  • grass widow 17 Nov 2005

    Jinx

    No 1 wasn't under my car the first time, if he had been would have made sure I made a better job of it second time around.

    No 2 was in a pick up truck.

    No 3 possibly

    No 4 if it was a red voyager would have said it could pass for a bus but its not.

    Double your medication, then it won't wear off quite so quickly.

  • andy mac 17 Nov 2005

    I've never had an accident (touches wood ). Statistics are a funny thing. They can be used to make anything look the way you want it. A far better measurement would be for it to be a per mile driven type affair. As has already been said, blokes on the whole drive more than women, so a little fairness in just 1 set of statistics would be nice!

  • Jinx 17 Nov 2005

    grass widow said:
    I don't think it matters, male or female, I have had 4 accidents. None my fault.

    1. a young lad on a motorbike pulled out of a side road, went under the front of my fiesta, thought I'd killed him, but he got up. He admitted he'd done exactly the same thing a few months before.

    And you didn't notice at the time
    grass widow said:

    2. a bloke on his way home from the pub pulled out of a side road across the front of me, I couldn't stop and went into the side of him, lost my front end on a deserted road, and he turned round and did a runner. (charming)

    You don't say if he was in a car or not
    grass widow said:

    3. a woman in a petrol station reversed into me. Why she never said, but she never looked in her mirror either to see me. And deaf cos she didn't hear my horn.

    She was looking in the mirror - all she could see was herself smiling back.
    grass widow said:

    4. a bloke in a supermarket car park, pulled out of row of cars and straight into the side of me, now I'm driving a voyager, not a small car, and he said he never saw me..........deaf as well cos he didn't hear my horn either.

    Of course he didn't - in a car park he was looking out for peds or cars not a fing bus.
    grass widow said:

    Then outside school waiting for my kids to come out I am mortally embarassed to be a woman when i see the way some of the other mums drive.
    If my husband thought I was a terrible driver, he would never allow me to drive the TVR, but he positively encourages me to. And he certainly wouldn't let me ferry the kids around in the car either.

    sorry in no way was this meant to be serious in any way, my pills have worn off...

  • grass widow 17 Nov 2005

    I don't think it matters, male or female, I have had 4 accidents. None my fault.

    1. a young lad on a motorbike pulled out of a side road, went under the front of my fiesta, thought I'd killed him, but he got up. He admitted he'd done exactly the same thing a few months before.

    2. a bloke on his way home from the pub pulled out of a side road across the front of me, I couldn't stop and went into the side of him, lost my front end on a deserted road, and he turned round and did a runner. (charming)

    3. a woman in a petrol station reversed into me. Why she never said, but she never looked in her mirror either to see me. And deaf cos she didn't hear my horn.

    4. a bloke in a supermarket car park, pulled out of row of cars and straight into the side of me, now I'm driving a voyager, not a small car, and he said he never saw me..........deaf as well cos he didn't hear my horn either.

    Then outside school waiting for my kids to come out I am mortally embarassed to be a woman when i see the way some of the other mums drive.

    If my husband thought I was a terrible driver, he would never allow me to drive the TVR, but he positively encourages me to. And he certainly wouldn't let me ferry the kids around in the car either.

  • 308GTB 17 Nov 2005

    My wife isn't really interested in cars and she has never had any accidents in about 12 years of driving.

    I too have never caused any accidents (involved in a few) and have been driving for about 19 years.

    The people who have hit me have been:-

    Elderly lady not paying attention wandered across to my side of the road and drove into me.

    Man at side junction pulled onto 60mph road I was driving along then just stopped in front of me, I ploughed straight into the side of him.

    Woman reversed off her drive without looking and into the side of me whilst I was waiting to turn out of a junction.

    Woman drove into the back of me after failing to stop at a roundabout.

    Women make less life threatening mistakes!

    The man who pulled out across my path then stopped did so when I was only around 30-40 feet from him and that's not much when you're doing about 60mph. I knew he had seen me and he just looked like he would wait but he thought he'd chance his luck instead of waiting then noticed another car coming the opposite way to me so he just stopped in front of me, he would have been hit by either me or the other car and he was lucky I didn't kill him - I had no ABS on that old Peugeot but good brakes so I locked all 4 wheels and I hit his driver door square on at probably around 40mph. Both cars were rather a mess!

    On another occasion I had a guy cross all 4 motorway lanes from the outside lane and cross in front of me in excess of 80mph with just inches to spare because he had almost missed his exit off the motorway. I don't know how he didn't spin or hit the front of me. Completely barmy risk that was.

    I've never experienced a woman taking risks like that.

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