Study Kicks Men in the Groin: Women Are Better Drivers

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Turns out the soccer mom in the 6,000 lbs SUV cutting you off on the way to work is actually the safest driver on the road. Especially on Wednesdays. In February. In Boston. Before you scream, we know the press still thinks "skill" and "safe" are synonyms. But here's the big news; men are 77% more likely to die in an accident than women given the same number of miles driven. Why? According the study's author, "men do stupider things." Which is sort of like announcing that water is wet. Also noteworthy, if you are a 21 to 24-year-old male and a ride a motorcycle between midnight and 4:00 am, you are 45,000 times more likely to die than an average driver. We recommend you start smoking.

Risk of death higher for male drivers; elderly women more likely to die than teenage boys [AP]

Women Harder to Please than Men in Cars, Chuh [Internal]

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Al Navarro

Regarding men vs. women (Sabine and her sisters excluded) drivers...when my brother and I and our wives did Skip Barber many years ago, the women managed the skidpad exercise much better than the men. My wife was the only one in our group who could do the full 360 sideways, Dukes of Hazzard style. My brother and I would always put too much power down somewhere around the circle and loop it.

That said, when we had to do the actual timed "race" in the Vipers at the end, the boys beat the girls. My wife admitted to me that she was afraid to WOT in the Viper.