In this case 74% of men think they are a good driver, while only 62% of women said so, but the stats on getting points, licence suspended or drink/drive favour the female of the species.
I like the fact that 26% of women have a soft toy in the car, and 12% of men ‘allow Teddy to drive with them’ I assume that means doesn’t throw his wife’s teddy out of the window when she’s not in the car.
Surveys like this are always fun, and do indicate some general ‘tendencies’, but the problem is that no one actually defines good driving. I’ve heard male pundits claim that the guy doing 100mph in the outside lane, but is aware of stopping distances, is a safer driver than one dawdling in the centre lane, never looking in their mirrors. I’ve heard women complain that men take stupid risks just to get past someone in their way, only to save seconds on their journey.
Read more of the survey results
Here are my top three characteristics of a good driver:
1 Is aware of the cars around them, and drives in such a way that it doesn’t inconvenience any of them unnecessarily.
2 Understands the motion and capability of the car, and knows how to react in slippery conditions or an emergency, to have the best chance of keeping it the right way up on the Tarmac and avoid hitting any other cars or objects.
3 Is polite.
That’s about it. Obviously experience counts for a lot, but paying attention is the most important thing whether you’re a new driver or have driven for 20 years.