Ever since the first women was handed a driver’s license, we’ve never stopped hearing about the common stereotype of the “typical” women driver. The one who obliviously hits parked cars, shamelessly flirts her way out of speeding tickets and unknowingly drives for miles past the scheduled oil change. As a woman myself, I am thoroughly irritated when men try to classify all women as being poor drivers. While women might get into their fair share of fender-benders and silly mishaps, it’s men who notoriously pay more in car insurance due to their reckless driving. It’s time that women gain some credit for their skills behind the wheel.
With Danica Patrick racing her way through checkered flags, it’s time that men get over their beef with female drivers and embrace the fact that women are just as competent and qualified when put behind the wheel. During snow storms, it’s usually women who stay home for fear of venturing out in the blizzard-like conditions and men who take to the roads in their big, burly 4-wheel drive trucks anyway.
While driving in one of the more recent snowstorms, I was appalled at a man I passed on the Orono roadways. Waving to me from a perch atop his massive pick-up truck, he tipped his open beer can at me, tearing out onto the slick streets and causing me excessive worry for my fellow motorists. Surrounded by drivers who were crawling at the slowest rate of speed possible this guy looked anything but cool. To me, this is far worse than any sort of parking lot mishap that women might find themselves getting into. With the safety of others at risk, I feel that this man should be apprehended before any women gets discredited from bumping a few measly parked cars.
With the knowledge that men are twice as likely to die in vehicular accidents, it makes little sense as to why women would be wrongfully accused of being poor drivers. As men happen to be behind the wheel in more deadly crashes, it seems that our primary concern should be the health and well-being of other motorists and their passengers; not the petty argument over minor scrapes and dents that caused little if any body injury to others. Even men themselves should be concerned about this alarmingly high rate of death among their gender bracket – knowing that they are at high risk of death from driving should be enough knowledge to stop the snarky stabs at women.
I can only imagine that men wish to not be labeled for their driving mishaps, and it’s only fair that they do the same for women, however lighthearted the remark might be. Instead of making women feel inferior about their driving skills and questioning every move they make on the road, it would be interesting to see if any significant difference would be observed were women to be encouraged and accepted for driving.
Men, before you make a snide remark about a woman’s driving, think of the driving of your own gender. While it is unfair to judge a large group of people based on a few bad apples, the proof is in the pudding. Rarely do you see women pointing to the statistics that show that men are involved in more crashes, yet they take the brunt of so many unnecessary jokes about their lack of vehicular skills.
Admittedly I am not the best driver around, but I am proud to say that I have never caused serious bodily injury to any of my passengers or fellow motorists. While my driving record shows a fair amount of minor bumps and bruises, it’s nothing anything that could live up to the legendary title that men use to label female drivers. Let us all seek to be better drivers and make wise decisions before we had out on the highway, despite our gender perspectives on driving. The life you save could be your own.