Survey shows women believe male drivers are safer on the road
Nearly two-thirds of women surveyed in Dubai believe that men are better drivers.
The survey by Souqalmal.com revealed that out of 500 female respondents, 65 per cent think that men are better behind the wheel than women.
However, statistics from the Dubai Police show that women actually cause fewer accidents than men.
In the first half of 2013 (the latest figures from Dubai Police), men were responsible for 87 per cent of accidents, while crashes caused by women left 139 people injured and those caused by men injured 941.
Ambareen Musa, CEO of Souqalmal.com, believes people still have the perception that “cars are a man’s world”.
Musa said: “My personal opinion is that women think men have a certain confidence when they drive. The survey showed that many of them take a male’s advice before purchasing a car and that shows that there is still a perception that cars are a man’s world.
“What we have seen is that women usually have smaller claims at insurance firms. For example, they might have a bump; they could’ve been distracted or hit a wall or something men come bigger claims.”
Thomas Edelman, founder of RoadSafetyUAE.com, said there is a stereotype in the country that men drive better than women.
He said: “I think it’s something we’ve grown up with, for instance, girls play with dolls and boys play with toy cars. “Now, men are the better drivers – that’s the misconception there is here.
“My wife drives very carefully and very slowly, but men usually drive a lot faster. They take more risks. This also creates a misconception that men are better drivers.”
Musa added that women also tend to buy cars that make them feel safer.
According to the survey, 44 per cent of women purchase cars based on their budget and 43 per cent on their personal choice. Musa said that many women prefer buying ‘bigger SUVs’ because they are safer to navigate through the busy roads of Dubai.
“Even when they go to buy a car, they prefer taking their father, husband, brother or friend with them who can help them decide,” she said. minor. in with But the
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