Driving the Point Home

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke8/30/18
Stupid Media and the Claim that Woman are Better Drivers than Men  •  There’s the Stupid Media and the Smart Media. Part of the job of the Smart Media (yours truly, among others), though it does get tiresome, is to debunk the stupidity of the Stupid Media. And such two-brain-cell reportage was on full display Wednesday with a Sky News article titled “Women are better drivers than men, study finds.”

No, I won’t link to it and give the Stupid Media more traffic, but its theme is simple: “Male drivers seem to have more accidents than their female counterparts — costing insurers more money in claims pay-outs” (thank you, Captain Obvious), as the subtitle explains.

The above statement isn’t exactly a revelation. But I suppose with newbie news readers coming online all the time, it’s always news to someone. And bashing men is a fashionable way to grab headlines.

But like so much disgorged by the Stupid Media — intersex wage-gap propaganda, for instance — the notion that this means women are better drivers is bunk. Yes, men get into more accidents overall, but this is simply because they drive many more miles. As Freakonomics reported in 2010:

Research (gated) by Guohua LiSusan P. BakerJean A. Langlois and Gabor D. Kelen showed that, as of the mid-1990s, women drivers were involved in about 5.7 accidents per million miles driven. Men, on the other hand, were involved in about 5.1. Women were thus 12 percent more likely to be in crashes per mile driven. This is confirmed by another paper (gated), by Dawn L. MassieKenneth L. Campbell, and Allan F. Williams, which found women were involved in 16 percent more accidents than men on a per mile driven basis.

Then there’s this from the Daily Mail in 2011:

Women drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident, according to scientists.

Researchers looked at 6.5 million car crashes and found a higher than expected number of accidents between two female drivers.

They also discovered that women have a tough time negotiating crossroads, T-junctions and slip roads.

The results are even more surprising given that men spend more time behind the wheel than women. On average, men drive 60 per cent of the time, and women 40 per cent.

Michael Sivak, of the University of Michigan, said: ‘The results indicate that in certain crash scenarios, male-to-male crashes tend to be under-represented and female-to-female crashes tend to be over-represented.’

So I suppose that following the Stupid Media’s lead, based on the above I can proclaim that men are better drivers than women.

The kicker here is that what I’ve revealed isn’t secret knowledge; any journalist who doesn’t know it is in the wrong business. (But to do this craft of the pen justice you have to be a Renaissance man, which I’ll describe as a jack of all trades and master of some. This leaves out Stupid Media members.)

Of course, another prerequisite for knowing Truth and relating it to the reader is actually caring about it. If headlines and traffic (and pushing a leftist agenda) are your only priorities, then, well, you’re what Don Henley was singing about in the song below.

As for the sexes (no, not “genders”; that’s a Stupid Media term) and driving, the truth is that men are more skilled — having better spatial awareness and reflexes, for example — and women take fewer risks. This is a relatively small matter, however.

The real tragedy of the Stupid Media is that, through their combination of profound ignorance and shameless propagandizing, they deceive people on a wide range of issues, some of which are of great import. This begets a civilization that’s out of touch with reality and can’t come to correct conclusions on matters of survival.

That’s the consequence of feeding misinformation into a system. As with a computer, it’s garbage in, garbage out.

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5 Responses to Driving the Point Home

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    They also discovered that women have a tough time negotiating crossroads, T-junctions and slip roads.

    Add four-way stops to that list. Even my wife gets annoyed with this. When most women I encounter reach a four-way stop before I do, they will sit there and then wave me to drive through first. I hate this. Why don’t they just follow the rules of the road? As Sir Topham Hatt says, “they are causing confusion and delay.”

    Of course, another prerequisite for knowing Truth and relating it to the reader is actually caring about it.

    I think it was G.K. Chesterton who had a fictional journalist comment, on introducing himself, “Hello, I’m a journalist, I lie for a living.” Nothing has changed.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    The error involved here is closely related to another politically inconvenient (and thus popular) leftist error. Just as they ignore the context of miles driven by men and women in judging car accident rates, so they also ignore crimes committed by blacks and whites when judging rates of violent contact with the police.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It is not only journalists who make this mistake. Some thirty years back, I was close to a man who owned an insurance company and once, when discussing this subject, he was emphatic that women were better drivers than men. And he had driven race cars in his youth.

    My, only slightly ironic, reply was that it was because men were at the disadvantage of having to look out for woman drivers thus their attention was sometimes diverted.

  4. Steve Lancaster says:

    I don’t know as an fact that men are better drivers. However, in my 70 years and 55 years of driving I have never been in an accident that was my fault. I have been a passenger in various automobiles driven by women, and in most cases they were competent, but not skilled. That is I believe the difference. Men, tend to be more goal oriented and view driving as a skill to be learned. On the other hand, women tend to be more interested in acquiring the basics and not much else.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      This also explains the difference in insurance rates. Men while acquiring the skills necessary to be better drivers take risks that most females will not, therefore, they have more accidents between ages 16 and 30. Women do not take these risks and subsequently have fewer accidents and lower insurance rates.

      Natural selection, hold my beer and watch this group, either become more skilled or fail and become a statistic.

      I believe this explains why men are better drivers, but have more accidents, and women are merely competent but have fewer accidents.

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