Guess Who Won the Age-Old Battle of Sexes when It Comes to Driving?
It looks like women have won when it comes to which sex drives better, thus ending a 100-year-old prejudice that women do not know how to drive. A month-old study has revealed that women were better in both anonymous observation and in-car tests.
The study included watching women drive on one of the most hectic junctions in the world – Hyde Park Corner in London, United Kingdom. A total of 200 drivers were watched at Hyde Park Corner. With women scoring 23.6 points out of maximum 30, and men scored not more than 19.8 points. Scientists observed 14 different aspects of driving, including tailgating and other hazardous decisions. When it comes to this particular category, only 4 percent of women were caught in this activity, compared to 27 percent of men.
When it comes to approaching the hazards, nearly 50 percent of men approached them too fast, compared to only a quarter of women. Similarly, only 14 percent of women went through the yellow light compared to more than half of men. More men than women used hand-held mobiles while they were driving – 24 percent compared to 16 percent, respectively. Men were also less prone to indicating if nobody was behind them.
"I was quite surprised by the results, because in my experience men have always been the best learners and usually performed better in lessons. However, it's possible that women have retained the information better. What this report shows is that men need to give their female counterparts their due when it comes to driving. The facts don't lie," said one of the organizers of the tests, driving instructor Neil Beeson.