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Old 03-06-2003, 18:11   #1 (permalink)
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Article from SMH

"Bloody female drivers" are accused of a range of sins - too scared to overtake, disoriented in the shopping centre car park and crawling along 20 kilometres under the speed limit.

For years their reputation wallowed at the bottom of the motorist food chain: keeping company with country, Sunday and learner drivers. But according to a new study, the stereotype is losing credence.

The Victorian motoring body, the RACV, has found Australian men are more likely to be at fault in car crashes.

Male drivers in NSW were the second worst - being responsible for 73 per cent of accidents on the state's roads.

Only Queensland fared worse, with men causing 75 per cent of the state's accidents.


Crashes involving men also cost more to fix, with Victorian men clocking up the most expensive bills - $4762 on average.

NSW men were not far behind, with an average repair cost of $4574 compared to $4074 for NSW women.

The study of NSW, Victorian, West Australian, South Australian and Queensland drivers took into account that men often drove further and more frequently than women.

An NRMA spokesman, Rick Jackson, said the study "indicates that men are driving more aggressively than women, and are more likely to be involved in a bigger impact, which is a serious concern".

In 2001 more than three times as many men than women died at the wheel, he said.

At Kingswood Smash Repairs, manager Kristie Pate said customers were an even mix of men and women - but she suspected "some men are having the accidents and women are roped into bringing in their cars".

Women's cars tend to have more demure dents, such as scratches and other minor damage. But, "when men have an accident it tends to be more serious and more expensive to fix than the accidents caused by women".
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Anyone see page 22 of todays Daily Telegraph 7/2/03? There's a similar article. Has a pic of a certain XC that was flying and ended up halfway up a tree.... oh dear Sticker on back window... "Don't like my driving.. KEEP OF THE FOOTPATH"
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Isn't this because we (men) are always trying to dodge around women drivers who are "too scared to overtake, disoriented in the shopping centre car park and crawling along 20 kilometres under the speed limit."
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sure men "have" more accidents, but women "cause" them.
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Isn't this because we (men) are always trying to dodge around women drivers who are "too scared to overtake, disoriented in the shopping centre car park and crawling along 20 kilometres under the speed limit."
Yeah. Driving along happily thinking "I'm observing the road rules, I'm in my lane, and..." BANG!

Ran up arse of woman driver who changed lanes without looking for faster cars! Who gets the blame? You guessed it the guy would.

The guys may have more accidents and theoretically be the 'cause' but I know what the guys said when it happened "WTF was SHE doing?!?"
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Exactly AP. I rear ended a woman doing a similar thing. She got half way through an intersection then stopped. The cops weren't called so it didn't get recorded but it was still a pain in the ass.
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my missus hit a power pole in my xr and the quote at the moment is roughly $14,000.i miss my car
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This gender bashing makes for something to get in papers - it would be good to publish something that actually has some level credibility with an in depth study.

Not much mentioned in relation to distance travelled each year, location, ages, driving experience, ......................

From my experience I avoid getting anywhere near the following type cast -

hyundai excell, P-platers, ............. (theres more but some would accuse me of gender and racial bias)
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