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 |  Jun 05 2013, 7:04 AM

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In an attempt to remind women in Mexico that putting on makeup while driving is dangerous, MINI has released a video that gave a few women quite a few surprises.

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 |  Mar 01 2013, 4:58 PM

Mercedes-Benz topped the list of car brands as rated by women on both purchasing experiences and browsing experiences at dealerships according to a new report.

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 |  Mar 14 2012, 5:01 PM

When it comes to which gender is the better driver, the battle continues to wage on. And with new data released by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), both sides have new ammunition, but it looks like men might have won this round.

The DSA looked at driving tests taken between 2010 and 2011. It shows that about half of all male candidates failed their driving test while 57 percent of women failed. Driving examiners recorded 1,660,206 errors that led to a failed test – again men out on top with 718,244 mistakes, compared to 941,962 by women.

Women really lost ground when it came to parking. During the reverse-park manoeuvre of the test, 40,863 failed due to loss of control – compare that number to the 18,798 men who failed. Women also didn’t fare well when it came to adequately observing road conditions: 15,945 women failed this section of the test, compared to 12,280 men that made the same error.

Don’t fret ladies – there were some areas that didn’t bode well for the men. Guys were less likely to check their mirrors, with 6,899 men making the error, compared to 6,223 women.

What do you think of these results? Do you agree or disagree with the findings? Let us know in the comments section below.

 |  Nov 02 2011, 11:00 AM

Because seatbelts and other safety devices found in vehicles aren’t designed for a woman’s body, female drives are more likely to get hurt or die when involved in a car accident, says a new report by the American Journal of Public Health.

When compared to men, women are shorter, lighter, sit differently and tend to drive newer passenger cars, and because of these factors, they are 47 percent more likely to suffer an injury while wearing a seatbelt than men. Why are they more likely to be hurt, you may ask? This is because these safety systems are designed for men, and men are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash, leaving women with the short end of the safety stick.

The researchers that conducted this report studied cashes that took place between 1998 and 2008, with the average car age at six. But with today’s cars offering advanced safety systems, this study doesn’t necessarily apply to newer vehicles.

“The average life of a car is around 12 years,” said Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety. “The study would have a lot more value if it were limited to 2000 and later model year vehicles to make sure all vehicles had female friendly airbags,” he said.

Even though the study uses older vehicles in its findings, it’s important to note the risks for female drivers and the safety equipment provided in these vehicles, and to take them into account when shopping for a new family car.

[Source: ABC News]

 |  Oct 12 2011, 11:00 AM

Men and women disagree on a lot of things, but when it comes to which gender is the better driver, there’s one thing most of us can all agree on – women are. But the two sexes do have something to learn from each other when it comes to driving.

This information is coming to us via the latest MetLife Auto & Home American Safety Pulse Poll. It finds that only 39 percent of men believed they are safer drivers than women, while 35 percent of these men were unsure which gender drives safer. Not so for women – 51 percent said they were safer drivers than men and only 24 percent were undecided.

Men have the edge on women when it comes to how much they know about safety-related automotive technologies that have come to pass this decade. Take electronic stability control as an example: 58 percent of men knew what this safety feature was for, compared to the 26 percent that did. And 24 percent of these men how electronic stability control helped to make people safer drivers, versus 13 percent of women.

As for what technology features they want in their next car, men and women are pretty much in agreement. More women than men (57 percent vs. 53 percent) want a car with state-of-the-art technology upgrades. Technologies that top the list for women and men (respectively) are: GPS (65 percent vs. 61 percent); forward collision warning (60 percent vs. 53 percent); and rear-view cameras (58 percent vs. 53 percent).

What do you think? Are women safer drivers than men? And what can the sexes learn form each other when it comes to driving safety? Let us know in the comments section below.

 |  Mar 17 2011, 11:41 AM

In welcome news, a senior Saudi prince is questioning a ban on women driving. He says by lifting the ban, the Gulf Arab state would help reduce their dependence on millions of foreign workers.

Ruled by the al-Saud family, along with clerics from the strict Wahhabi school of Islam, the state has banned women from driving, and they must be covered from head to toe while in public. As of late, the royal family as been bombarded with calls from activists about making changes, and already, they have brought about some political reforms.

A supporter of this reform is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah, who has said that by making this change, they would be able to send about 750,000 foreign drivers home.

“A lot of Saudi women want to drive their car in line with strict regulations and wearing a headscarf. But now they need a driver … This is an additional burden on households,” said Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

For the ban to be lifted, the government must consult with the country’s top Islamic scholars. As of right now, Saudi women must abide by a male “guardianship” system. This means they need to show permission from their guardian, usually their father, brother or husband, to travel to work.

[Source: Reuters]

 |  Jul 30 2010, 7:34 AM

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:

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