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shamieekill Level 43 Windia Cannoneer 2
97% of the time I get pissed at a driver, it will be a woman, IN MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
I just feel like a ton of women are too careful. This leads them to completely durp when in a stressful situation. And the woman that are not careful, just get arrogant and make stupid, dangerous mistakes.
Yes men get into more accidents than women, but there are also more active male drivers than female drivers. So I feel if anyone is going to bring up that argument, that is invalid.

  • Keep in mind, I'm not saying men don't make mistakes.

Also quick question: am I being sexist? I hope I'm not. I'm just generalizing.

Posted: October 2015 Permalink


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sezbeth Level 177 Galicia Demon Avenger 4
+6 It's likely confirmation bias.

You're more aware of the lingering stereotype that women are usually bad drivers, thus you're more likely to remember every time an incident on the road involved a female rather than the times they were male (if you even happened to check every single time, which is unlikely).
Oct 23 2015
shamieekill Level 43 Windia Cannoneer 2
@sezbeth: Well I don't check EVERY time. But I do often just to take note.
And I'm pretty sure that I'm not going off the stereotype because I know whenever my friend said that women were bad drivers, I would just say he's being stupid.
Oct 23 2015
sezbeth Level 177 Galicia Demon Avenger 4
@shamieekill: -but does that necessarily speak of your actual cognition? Humans aren't typically aware of everything that affects our cognition; this is often confirmed through correlation studies reflecting certain biases which affect everyone at some point in time.

One notable example being a study conducted on graduate school administration which found significant correlation between gender and even weight bias in terms of admittance independent of actual qualifications. When presented with the numbers, even the psychologists, weren't necessarily surprised, though notably disappointed.
Oct 23 2015
shamieekill Level 43 Windia Cannoneer 2
@sezbeth: So you're saying I might have been brain-washed into thinking the stereotype without actually believing it at first?
Oct 23 2015
stevenman76 Level 211 Broa Hero Nimbus Guild See what games, anime & art stevenman76 is intostevenman76
1) Whats the point of this question? Maybe in your case, women have been worse drivers than men, however in others' cases it could be the exact opposite.
2) According to this study: there are more female drivers than male drivers. I think you mean that men drive more per year than women.
3) How does one quantify how good somebody is at driving? How does one quantify how good a population so large is at driving?
4) Do the accidents of few really reflect such a large population of individuals?
5) Too many factors to include such as:
-DWI rates
-Starting/ending driving ages
-Driving frequency
-Varying puberty ages? (more/less hormones for each gender depending on age and other factors when a license is first gotten)
-Driving area (City vs suburban vs rural)
-Stress levels based on careers/living area
6) Validated by many sources such as esurance and brandedinsurance, a study done by the National Association of Insurance Commissioner, claimed that men are more likely to get into car accidents than women. They are also more likely to break other traffic laws, as explained in the link. I believe this experiment factors in different driving %s of male vs female, though I could be wrong. (explaining link: Many studies, including this one, explain that men tend to take more risks when driving.
7) Their decisions may seem stupid in your eyes, but without knowing their situation/thought process, you wouldn't know what their intentions are. Ever since we first began watching our parents drive, we've been trained to think that everybody else on the road is wrong, and that we're always right. However, we often fail to see our own mistakes, and solely focus on others.
8) You're going to get a biased/troll answer from basil
Oct 23 2015
chup Level 201 Bellocan Buccaneer
You've committed many logical fallacies here. You have an either-or fallacy in that you say either men are better drivers or women are better drivers. They could be of equal driving skills. You're also employing an anecdotal fallacy here because you're using your personal experience to substantiate your beliefs. By generalizing all women as worse drivers, you're being sexist. Lastly, you have a loaded question fallacy in that no matter which way we try to give you an answer, we'll most likely end up looking guilty. Come up with a better logical argument.
Oct 23 2015
sezbeth Level 177 Galicia Demon Avenger 4
@shamieekill: Hardly "brain-washing"; brain-washing implies intent. It's merely a cognitive bias brought about by cultural conditioning, which is more often than not, unintentional by any means.

Whether you consciously believe it or not is irrelevant, cognitive biases are usually separate from what one is self-aware of, as what you would describe as your consciousness is merely a medium between neuro-cognitive functions.

Think of it as a speedy assumption which is commonly incorrect. Assumptions like these are actually quite typical among people, the key in making a difference is habitually acknowledging that this assumption is likely incorrect and thus ruling it out every time you think of it.
Oct 23 2015
shamieekill Level 43 Windia Cannoneer 2

1) Just wondering.
2) Yes, that's why I put "more active male drivers."
3) Not making mistakes that cause others to be annoyed. I'm just asking in your personal opinion.
4) Again, personal experience.
5) DWI doesn't count because that's illegal. Driving times = overall
6) Yes more risks, but that doesn't mean they're bad drivers.
7) Yeah, I admit I make mistakes. I even call out mistakes and say sorry in my head. (ik obviously that doesn't do anything)
Well why is it that the decisions are 'stupid' more in women than men? (in my experience.)
8) That's why I also asked reddit.
Here's the link:

I know I skipped a lot of your questions, just ask again if you want them answered.

@chup: In my question, I don't think I ever said ALL women are bad drivers. (Unless I did, then would you kindly point that out.) I'm just saying most women are. Don't get me wrong, there have been many instances where I have been 'impressed' by a woman's driving.
Oct 23 2015
fradddd Level 170 Windia Hero
I never really check what gender the other driver is. I don't road rage much unless someone cuts me off really bad.
Oct 23 2015
shamieekill Level 43 Windia Cannoneer 2
@fradddd: idk
I have been driving a lot lately. Everyday actually. Both during/after rush hour so I take notice.
Oct 23 2015
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