Allison's Paper

Allison Von Ehwegen
Rachael Robison
January 19, 2009
Opinion Column
Males are better drivers than females. This is a common assumption among many people in today’s society, particularly men. This statement is hard to prove true or false because what really makes someone a good driver? Is it the number of accidents women are involved in compared to men? Is it the number of fatalities? Is it how safe another person feels when in the car with a male or female? Though all three of these could be possibilities, statistically the only way to prove one gender is better at driving than the other is by using cold hard facts and the cold hard facts say the old adage that women are bad drivers is old news and now it’s the men who people should be looking out for.
According to a recent article by Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press, male drivers have a 77 percent higher risk of dying in a car accident than women, based on miles driven (Borenstein, AP). 77%! I bet you’ll think twice the next time you get into a car with a male driver.
One fact that plays a large impact on the death risk is male drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes are almost twice as likely as female drivers to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater (NHTSA 2004b). In most states, the legal BAC is 0.08%.
In a recent study done by Hull Daily Mail (UK) and even after all these statistics, 33 percent of male drivers believe they are better than females. However, only 5 percent of females agree with them. (Hull Daily Mail, 2007)
Males, I’m sure by now you’ve come up with some excuse as to why males get into more fatal car accidents than women. Well, you’re not the only ones who have thought of this. In response to a similar article such as this, David Matthews of Times feels men are far more reckless than women when driving, or he feels it could be partly attributed to different attitudes of the police to male and female drivers.
David makes a valid point to this argument and proves the exact thing I am trying to prove. Matthews proves that males are more dangerous drivers because they are far more reckless meaning they drive faster and take more risks. The point, however, I am trying to make is that male drivers aren’t better than females and that’s just what Matthews believes as well.
When looking at which gender more commonly has a better driving record, it is clear that female drivers win the contest. Females are involved in less fatal accidents and this can be given blame to the fact males drivers are more reckless than females. Not only are they more reckless when they drive, but they also take more risks such as drinking and driving which puts not only themselves in more danger on the road, but other drivers as well. So, the next time a female get into a car with a male friend, fiancé, or husband, perhaps she should be the one considering driving.

Berenstein, Seth. "Women drivers? They're Safer Than Men." Associated Press (2009).
"Men Versus Women - Who's the Better Driver." Hull Daily Mail 2007.
"Female Drivers." Times 13 May 2004.

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