Join Date: May 2001
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Men have more accidents
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".
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.