Sur­vey shows women be­lieve male driv­ers are safer on the road

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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

NO AC­CI­DENT: Men cause more ac­ci­dents in Dubai than women, fig­ures show

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