Daily Telegraph: Women are safer drivers, but more neurotic behind the wheel
THE age-old dispute between men and women drivers has finally been solved – women are the safest but most neurotic behind the wheel.
Bad weather and unfamiliar roads upset female drivers while heavy traffic can drive men to distraction.
Kids behaving badly and poor road conditions can send tension levels soaring in both sexes.
But despite more female drivers feeling frazzled when they were lost or didn’t know where they were going, women came out as the safest drivers. (emphasis added)
So it’s neurotic to find bad weather and unfamiliar roads “upsetting”, but it’s not neurotic to find heavy traffic “frustrating”? How does that work?
Could it possibly be that the driving stresses that women report experiencing more than men are anxiety stresses that make them more cautious and therefore more risk-averse on the roads, while the driving stresses that men report experiencing more than women are the stresses that make them more aggressive and therefore more risk-taking on the roads? Which one of those behaviours looks most “neurotic” again, if the word absolutely must be used, Kevin Hepworth (the NRMA certainly don’t seem to have used the word in their press release material)?
Hint: if a stress stimulus produces behaviour that reduces the incidence of injury/fatality, then that sensation of stress and the consequent behavioural response is rational, not neurotic.
Here’s a comparison with how other news organisations reported the same story:
Women frazzled when lost, men can’t handle traffic: survey LIVENEWS.com.au
Female drivers frazzled when lost: NRMA The Age