I just know I’m opening up a can of worms with this one, but here goes…
It’s no secret that plenty of women have had to put up with years and years of men are claiming they’re the better drivers of the two genders; this often comes with a lot of backseat driving, bragging and general pomposity. In 2019, it’s still a harmful, cruel stereotype that gets hammered home hard far, far too often. And on the basis of what?
I’ve personally never seen any viable receipts, so if I do happen to end up in a particularly laddy discussion on gender and driving, I tend to just roll my eyes and joke about how it took me six attempts to pass my road test.
But, a recent study by Confused.com HAS delivered receipts which could, in fact, flip this stereotype on its head once and for all.
According to the results of this new study, 539,000 road offences were committed in England and Wales in 2018 and over three-quarters of those offenders were actually men (according to Ministry of Justice motoring offence statistics). Yep, around 79% of those lawbreakers were blokes behind the wheel. Researchers broke the offences down into speeding, driving without insurance, careless driving, no tax and drink-driving and showed clearly how men clearly dominate across the board.
Researchers added yet more salt to the wound by looking into insurance claims in 2018.
According to the research, over 1.4 million car insurance claims were made in England and Wales in 2018; after looking at the data, researchers surmised that men were almost twice as likely to make a car insurance claim. They also found that men were more likely to be “at fault” when making a claim on their insurance.
Despite these results showing that, at least in 2018, the majority of women were indeed safer and better drivers, that accolade doesn’t apply to their relationship with driving tests. According to Confused.com, 1.6 million people took their driving test in 2018, and of those 1.6 million 55% failed, 31% of whom were women and 24% men. Furthermore, out of the 45% who passed, 22% were women while 23% were men. So there’s a win for you, fellas.
But, overall, at least in England and Wales, it seems that women are the safer and better gender behind the wheel – not men. In other words, women have totally won this one, so let’s put this sexist debate in reverse and to bed once and for all, eh?
Saying that, apparently most men ignore their partners 388 times a year with ‘selective hearing’, so girls, make sure you really hammer this one home.
I look forward to hearing about all the long car journey arguments this article has caused.
Images via Getty and Confused.com
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.