Taking one too many risks while driving? You must be a man

OPINION: It was one of those videos that goes viral on YouTube and you can't help but feel a deep and abiding sympathy for the person involved.

I'm talking about the video of the woman in Ireland who attempted to reverse parallel park for more than 15 minutes while being filmed by a bunch of obnoxious boys.

Watching the video was excruciating.

I knew exactly how she felt, because I too am a dismal failure when it comes to reverse parallel parking.

One of the things that annoyed me most while watching the video (besides the attitude of the men watching and filming her) was knowing the sight of this poor woman would give men everywhere ammunition to say they are better drivers than women.

Erroneous, erroneous, erroneous.

The statistics are clear for those who choose to look.

In New South Wales, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures show men accounted for more than 72% of all driving offences recorded by police in 2012.

That means men are breaking the law behind the wheel way more often than women.

Four times as many male drivers are involved in fatal crashes - I should get a discount on my insurance just for not being a man.

Putting it simply, men are much more reckless on the roads than women.

Take the actions of a male relative of mine, whose identity shall remain a secret.

Every time I am in the car with him, he demonstrates how skilful he is at both texting and driving at the same time.

It would be unfair to say that he is demonstrating that he has more skills than me by doing both at once because, happily for other road users, I've never tried to text someone and drive at the same time.

When I first started learning how to drive, I was very paranoid about it.

Getting behind the wheel of a car is risky; for the average, non-violent, law-abiding citizen, it is behind the wheel of a car than you are most likely to kill someone.

The thought of accidentally hurting or killing someone while driving is one that fills me with horror.

Like many other drivers, I've made errors while driving - accidentally going through Give Way signs without stopping in unfamiliar areas and on the odd occasion not clicking that there are people waiting at pedestrian crossings.

No matter how cautious a driver is accidents will happen - that's a fact of life.

But I believe it is women who are the most vigilant when it comes to preventing accidents from happening, whereas men often take one risk too many.

Do you think women are better drivers than men?

This poll ended on 20 May 2013.

Yes - 20%

No - 80%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  carlie walker drivers driving female male opinion

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