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Are Women Worse Drivers Than Men?

Hilton was pulled over for speeding along Sunset Boulevard without headlights at night, and cops quickly learned she was driving with a suspended license due to a DUI from September. Her 45-day imprisonment will begin next month, according to the court ruling.

The media's portrayal of the deceased heiress and her car accidents reminds us of other well-known women who have been involved in car accidents. Lindsay Lohan was in two major automobile accidents, Nichole Richie and Michelle Rodriguez were charged with DUI, and singer Brandy was engaged in three car accidents on a Los Angeles motorway, sadly killing one motorist.

The media's coverage of these celebrities supports the notion of the terrible female driver, but don't be fooled: most women don't drive like Paris Hilton.

The stereotype that women are worse drivers than men is a fallacy.

In my new novel "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity," I discuss this myth and many more. Take a look at this...

MYTH: Women aren't as good drivers as males.


When it comes to driving, women have a terrible record. headlines such as "Lousy Driving Is Linked to Hormones" adds fuel to the fire, prompting jokes such as "Why was Helen Keller a bad driver?" She was a lady, after all." The Social Issues Resource Center's scholars, on the other hand, strongly disagree. It's 2002 research evaluated a slew of studies on male and female driving disparities and came to a bold conclusion: "Men have been demonstrated to have a greater risk of collisions than women in all studies and analyses, without exception."

According to the survey, males drive faster than women and show worse respect for traffic laws: they speed, drive intoxicated, and run stop signs twice as frequently as women, resulting in twice as many crashes. Men are responsible for 71% of all traffic deaths in the United States, a statistic that has been steady since 1975.

However, don't males drive a lot more kilometers than women? Wouldn't it explain part of the discrepancy? Males drive 62 percent of all miles traveled, compared to 38 percent for females, however even once miles and driving hours are taken into consideration, men still have much more fatal accidents.

To view the statistics, click here to look at a graph.

The good news is that the number of fatal collisions has been consistently reducing for both men and women.

Why are guys so prone to mishaps? It's all due to the Stone Age. Those hunter-gatherer genes are still alive today, and they seem to be causing havoc on our streets. According to World Health Organization statistics, males are often more violent than women: A larger percentage of males die as a result of falls, drowning, poisoning, and a variety of other events that might have been avoided. The WHO study from 2002 makes no apologies for its viewpoint: "'Masculinity' may be detrimental to health."