“Although nearly half of UAE residents believe gender does not play a defining role in determining who is the better driver – a fact that is reflected in official statistics – a big portion of the public still remains divided about this matter”, the magazine noted in its survey.
How male and female drivers are generally perceived was reinforced by the 999 survey with a sample of 750 respondents evenly split between the two genders.
Asked who are the better drivers, 46 per cent said gender does not play a role while 44 per cent said men and only 10 per cent said women drive better.
In this survey, published in the magazine’s December issue, the stereotypes were firmly in place – 59 per cent agreed that women are generally slow and over-cautious; 67 per cent agreed that men are generally reckless and too fast.
While 31 per cent of respondents felt women were more likely to cause an accident for lack of focus (only 19 per cent said men would do so), men on the other hand were blamed for unsafe behaviour (37 per cent said they were more likely to cause accidents by changing lanes without indication; only 20 per cent said women would do so). When it comes to speeding, men leave women far behind. Asked who was more prone to traffic accidents due to speeding, 69 per cent respondents said men, compared to only 9 per cent who said women.
There is one great leveller for the two genders: the use of mobile phone while driving. When asked who was more likely to cause an accident by talking on a phone while driving, 23 per cent said men, and 21 per cent said women while 56 per cent said gender does not play a role.
Lt. Colonel Awadh Saleh Al Kindi, Editor-in-Chief of 999, said: “The 999 Magazine survey reveals interesting results that highlight unfounded perceptions regarding men vs women driving skills.
“Official figures do not show a clear skill gap between men and women drivers. Because driving skills depend on individual personality, awareness and experience and not on gender.” WAM/AM