DailyDirt: Who Drives Best — Men, Women… Or Robots?

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If you believe in gender stereotypes, then you probably think that men are better drivers than women. However, auto insurance companies are inclined to believe that women are actually safer drivers. It’s a hotly debated topic, but it’s safe to say that there are lots of bad drivers — both men and women — on the road. That’s why we need robot cars. Here are a few links to some driving-related studies.

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Mike42 (profile) says:

Having spoken to people who did the studies, it turns out that more men drive than women, especially 30+ years ago. The companies who did the studies were told that their study would show that women drive better than men, so that the insurance companies could get more money.
They also use speeding tickets as a metric, which as we know is bogus. Speeding tickets have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with lining the city coffers. Also, how many men have cried their way out of a ticket?

timmaguire42 (user link) says:


My old driving instructor said that women cause many more accidents then men but the typical male accident is a 3-car pile up while drag racing and the typical female accident is a fender bender from hitting a light pole while applying makeup.

Even toned down, that easily answers the superficially oxymoronic question of why insurance companies treat women as better drivers even though men cause fewer accidents.

But then, with an equally straight face, he compared Loverboy favorably to the Beatles.

Paul says:


Instead of being sex biased how about ranking accident volume against IQ? My guess is there aren’t many stupid pilot in the sky but they let anyone with $10 in their pocket get behind the wheel of a car.

If you’re a half wit, you are more likely to get into a dangerous situation in a car because your brain power isn’t up to the task of comprehending vehicle dynamics in real time.

Robotic control of vehicle brakes/dynamics in emergency situations is fine and most definitely preferred, but…. increased driver SCREENING and TRAINING is what is required for drivers on public roads.

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