I like to consider myself a man of science. I have faith in empirical data, as a general rule. There are instances though, where you can take all your data and take a long walk off a short pier. Women drivers are one of these times when I choose to ignore the experts. Statistics show that women are better drivers. Insurance costs more for men to drive. Now, I am not so dense as to argue that the numbers are wrong. Clearly if insurance companies think men are a bigger risk, they have boatloads of evidence to back it up. Then why, you may be asking yourself, do I think women are worse drivers?
Because they are! I have almost 40 years of watching people drive that has cemented my opinion. Here is the truth in the World According To Justin propoganda machine. Women are more distracted drivers. Putting on makeup, talking on the cellphone, etc. There is an easy way for you to test this hypothesis. Go hang out in any school zone on a morning when the kids are in school. You might want to get permission so they don’t think you are Petey Pervert and throw your butt in jail. You will be ASTOUNDED by the number of women that drive past you on their cell phones. I guarantee if you run the numbers, it will top at least 80%. I think women talk on their cell phones the entire time they are in their cars. This distracted driving may very well be causing wrecks that end up being a mans fault (such as he rear ended her…*giggle*).
Secondly is a phenomena I discovered when I worked for a road striping company for a few years. Women don’t make critical decisions as fast as men. I think this is due to them being innately more cautious animals. Men, in my scientific opinion, are going to make a quick decision and go with it. Right or wrong. One time, a lady pulled right up behind one of our arrow boards and stayed there for at least 5 minutes until we walked back there and told her that she, indeed, could not turn left. A man would have gotten frustrated 4 minutes prior and peeled out around the companies vehicles…possibly causing a wreck. The lady didn’t know what to do because all she was thinking was that she wanted to go left. In another example, we had a truck in the left lane of an interstate striping the road. The operator sat on top of the truck near the rear. His wife needed to talk to him so she pulled up beside the truck, rolled down her window and started a conversation. This effectively blocked the interstate with two vehicles doing 15 mph. The husband started freaking out waving at her to get out of the way. We were lucky not to cause a 100 car pileup. All because the lady didn’t think past the fact that she wanted to talk to her husband.
I fully realize that this particular belief probably makes me a sexist pig. But damnit, when I see a small bird waddling and quacking, I cry “DUCK”. The same expression I use when you ladies get behind the wheel.
What do you think MTGU. Am I full of it?