Occasionally, when driving with my wife, I play this little game: I point out other cars in the road which I believe are being driven by women (we don’t see the driver before I make my guess), and then we check to see if I’m right. I am seldom mistaken.
Before you jump and accuse me for being a chauvinist, I would like to state that I do not believe women are necessarily worse drivers than men. I lack the knowledge and the tools to make such a statement. My point is that women and men drive differently, and that it is a big enough difference to be noticeable.
I was content with this “we drive differently” theory until recently. I think I have now found out one area in which women are worse drivers, or to put it more accurately, more dangerous drivers, than men.
For a few months now I’ve gone back to riding a scooter (yes, it’s a midlife crisis thing, thank you for asking). My road to work, about 20 kilometres long, is mostly on highways (routes 4 and 5), which means I drive at almost 100KPH alongside cars that drive at least as fast. As anyone who drives a two-wheeler can tell you, the worst feeling is when cars get too close to you.
Here is what I found out. In almost all cases where a car is too close for comfort, the driver of the car is a woman. For some reason, women do not realise that a scooter cannot take turns as fast as a car, so they drive right up to you and don’t back off. Or, when overtaking, they will move only partially to the overtaking lane and therefore drive very close to me for quite some time. This is also the case when switching lanes; when butting in, they will not keep the distance they would normally keep from another car.
I don’t have an answer to why this is happening mostly with women drivers. I just know it is happening. And I don’t like it one bit.