When it comes to women and cars the question often asked is..."Are women better drivers than men?" It seems they may very well be... they certainly seem to be safer drivers.
A recent study by Australia's N.S.W Road Traffic Authority showed men were four times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than women.
"Males are certainly more confident that they are skilled drivers... Females are more confident that they are safe drivers".
"A few behavioural factors stand out. First of all males are much more likely to be involved as a speeding driver in a fatal crash. They're also more likely to be involved as an alcohol affected driver in a fatal crash... (and in fatalities in vehicles) males are more likely to be the ones not wearing their seatbelt".Soames Job, Director N.S.W. Centre Road Safety.
"It's all about being careful. Women are better drivers because they are more cautious".Amy Boatwright, Performance Driving Instructor.
Pregnant women should continue to use seatbelts and airbags properly.
A University of Michigan study found that "unrestrained or improperly restrained pregnant women are 5.7 times more likely to have an adverse fetal outcome than properly restrained pregnant women".
If seatbelts are not long enough, extensions are available from the car manufacturer or an aftermarket supplier."...(ref: Wikipedia).
The NHTSA is presently reviewing the effect of exploding car airbags on pregnant women.
All pregnant women should travel with car seats as far back as possible away from airbags.
The seat belt should be positioned over the collar bone and as low as possible under the abdomen ( not over it) and over the hips and upper thighs.How A Pregnant Mom Should Wear Her Seatbelt...
When it comes to women and cars they may be vulnerable to attack especially at night or in isolated areas when driving alone.
A recent example occurred in Queensland, Australia where a 49 year old woman's car broke down in a quiet outer suburb of Brisbane around midnight. A white van stopped as if to offer assistance. Instead the male driver ("heavy to fat, with bad teeth and a balding head...") dragged the unfortunate woman into his van. "He then threatened the woman with a knife, punched her in the face and sexually assaulted her before throwing her out of the van and driving off", the police statement read.
The woman was badly traumatized but at least escaped with her life.
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