Photo credits

The Embalse de Riano in northern Spain. The picture was taken by .... me!

Wednesday, June 19

10, 2, 14, 6, driving and gender issues

The numbers are this morning’s traffic statistics.


While driving at the speed limit on my way to work this morning, I overtook 10 male drivers and 2 female drivers. Meanwhile the 20 cars that zipped past me at illegal speeds were driven by 14 men and 6 women.
A similar statistic is:
0, 0, 0, 1
Which means that zero drivers of either gender were driving irrationally slowly in front of me, and I was tailgated by zero men and 1 woman.
  • My journey to work is 30 miles, of which about 12 is motorway and a further 2 dual carriageway – these are where all of the manoeuvres took place today, but I do overtake/get overtaken on other roads on other days so I will include these in the stats.
  • HGV's not included.
  • The main conclusion is that women drive more illegally than men. 58% of men were overtaking me, i.e. speeding, while 75% of women were speeding.
  • In my mind, speeding and tailgating are measures of aggression.
  • Of course, since insurance companies say women have better accident statistics, one could conclude that if women drive faster but have fewer accidents than men then they are better drivers! 
  • 100% of the tailgaters were women – but a sample size of 1 does not really count, and she only tailgated me around the roundabout and in the small local village 30mph zone.
  • The overall sample size is too small. So I will carry on for at least a week, gathering the same data.
  • I don't promise to gather tailgating data very day - it's hard enough remembering the overtaking stats.
  • These stats do not include the woman I followed for 10 miles last week whose hands I could see in her rear view mirror - not her eyes!!  Very worrying

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