It’s really a rhetorical question but in the most recent piece of newsprint to pass as journalism in the Al-Ghad newspaper, Wafa Abu Taha claims that women are more responsible drivers and cause less accidents in Jordan. The article was very interesting. No, wait, that other thing: tedious.
She backs this up with scientific evidence that includes a psychology dictionary definition that claims, and I quote: “a woman is by nature calmer than a man, which causes her to be a calmer driver.”
She claims that men are by nature more inclined to be daredevils and take risks when driving, which of course are the causes of accidents. Women on the other hand have the mental capability of forethought which allows them to see the whole board and make calculations to maintain their safety.
She then dives into more psychobabble of how the left and right side of the male brain work to force us to break traffic laws. To back this up she gets a man named Ibrahim to confess (maybe under torture) that he doesn’t wear his seatbelt some times.
This is followed by an American study that claims American men cause more accidents than American women, and she then says Jordanian statistics back up this study. Get it? Jordanian stats say that men were the cause of 145,926 accidents compared to women who caused 10,683 2 years ago.
I wonder what the ratio of men who drive is to women who drive? I mean the author of this article could’ve easily supported her claim by providing Saudi statistics which indicate astonishingly that 100% of accidents caused in Saudi Arabia are caused by men.
Anyways, this is just a blog entry, a far cry from anything with a sense of journalistic integrity. I have no statistics and I don’t believe any can accurately be provided to support any claim of any nature unless it is based on an extensive study that includes demographics and driving patterns.
However based purely on this blogger’s observations I have to say that women are worse drivers than men in Jordan. This doesn’t mean men are great drivers, it’s just that women are worse. Maybe worse by like a hair.
Or to put this in another way…
The ratio of woman drivers who end up pissing me off on an average outing tends to be higher than the ratio of male drivers who end up pissing me off on an average outing.
Also the level of frustration I feel on an average encounter with a bad driver tends to be higher when it’s a woman.
Here’s the kicker, when a driver within my line of vision or circle of physical influence if you will, makes a shitty move and I can’t see who the driver is, the first thing I say to myself is: ‘it’s gotta be a woman driving’. 99.99% of the time I’m right and you really can’t get more accurate statistics than that to support your claim.
But just in case you doubt me or my numbers, 98% of the time a friend of mine is in the car with me and witnesses a shitty move on a nearby driver and says out loud ‘it’s gotta be a woman’, 98% of the time those people are right too.
Fellow Jordanian blogger Lubna has her own interesting perspective.