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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a study that shows younger women are far more likely to die than men in an equivalent car crash.
Out in the United Kingdom, women’s insurance premiums could soar as high as 24-percent more than what they’re currently paying thanks to the EU’s Gender Directive that will be put into effect December 21st.
This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone: Women are less inclined than men to get hands on when it comes to basic car maintenance. And now, there are stats that back up this statement, thanks to a recent poll conducted by UK used car website Autoquake.com.
According to the study, more than 12 percent (about 1 in 10) female drivers never check their car’s oil level, while just under 8 percent of say the same. When it comes to checking tire pressure, twice as many women (14 percent) as men (7 percent) admit to neglecting this simple car maintenance step, while around 1 in five women say they never check the tread-depth.
To carry our these basic maintenance services, women drivers are more likely than men to pay someone else to do it – about 14 percent of women pay to have coolant levels checked compared with 5 percent of men. Adding to these numbers is the 9 percent of women who pay someone else to check their washer fluid level (3 percent of men admitted this same fact).
Autoquake’s CEO, Dermot Halpin, said: “We’re surprised to find such differences between the sexes. Pumping up your tyres or checking the oil level doesn’t require any special mechanical knowledge or muscle power, yet women drivers in particular are neglecting these basic but important checks.
What scares the bejesus out of you? Spiders? Clowns? Garden gnomes? If you’re a man, chances are you’re afraid of your wife’s or girlfriend’s driving.
So it’s a bit of a stereotype, but a recent poll taken by OnePoll.com, an online market research firm, asked 3,000 men a series of questions about how they felt being a passenger riding along with a female driver. The results found that a third of men are afraid in the passenger seat. Around one-fifth of those polled often grip the seat cushion in fear and one in ten said they had been forced to grab the steering wheel as their partner took her eyes off the road.
OnePoll.com spokesperson said that most men “feel they are better drivers than the women in their lives,” as well as “believe they concentrate a lot better, read road situations more quickly and clearly and have better reactions.” Some of the respondents even went on to say they could never relax when their other half was driving.
Hit the jump for a list of the top 10 complaints made about women’s driving: