Many Men Refuse to Believe Their Wives Are Better Drivers, Study Finds
There are some age-old stereotypes that society just can’t seem to shake, no matter how much progress we claim to make. That applies especially to presumptions about women drivers.
A United Kingdom study by the Automobile Association (AA) found that less than 10% of men polled would admit that their female partner is the better driver. Based on the region, that percentage varied from 5% (North East) to 8% (London and Northern Ireland), but on average was 7% of men.
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However, in contrast, the study found that women are four times more likely to admit their male partners are the better driver (up to 28% of women polled). Notably, “better” was not always perceived as “safer,” as fewer women believed their male partners were safer drivers on the road. But, because nearly 15% of men believe their female spouses were less safe on the road, they typically keep control of the wheel.
“Women are still more likely to be in the passenger seat and more likely to think their partner is a better driver despite the trend showing women making more car trips as a driver while the trend for men declines,” explained AA president Edmund King.
Just because you think you’re a great driver doesn’t mean your partner in the passenger seat does. So what’s the recommended solution?
“The AA would advise that, just occasionally, partners should check with their other half whether they are happy with how they are being driven – rather than forcing them to sit in silence with gritted teeth.”
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News Source: Evening Times