For generations, women have gotten a bad rap for their driving ability. Jokes constantly fly around about their so-called lack of ability behind the wheel, even though statistics and studies have shown many times over that any difference in driving capabilities between the genders is negligible at best. That doesn’t mean that there are not certain differences in driving habits and norms, though, and studies and surveys have been done over time that have taken a look at those differences. Another group has recently completed a thorough look at this gender difference. DMEautomotive recently completed a very detailed survey that delves into all different types of distracted driving. One of the variables that the survey focused on was the types of distractions that drivers admitted to engaging in within the previous 30 days of driving. That data was then divided by gender. A link to an article describing the survey can be found here, and the results were gleaned from asking 2,000 individual motorists about what they tended to do while behind the wheel. Below are 15 distractions that drivers admitted to taking their focus off the road and the percentage of each gender that engaged in these activities. Distraction Men Women Talking on Phone 50 percent 52 percent Singing Out Loud 49 percent 65 percent Eating 48 percent 51 percent Reading Text Messages 26 percent 26 percent Sending Text Messages 22 percent 18 percent Taking Photos 15 percent 10 percent Reading Emails 15 percent 9 percent Sending Emails 12 percent 6 percent Watching TV 10 percent 3 percent Changing Clothes 8 percent 4 percent Reading 8 percent 2 percent Working on Laptop 8 percent 3 percent Putting on Deodorant 7 percent 4 percent Brushing Teeth 7 percent 3 percent Flossing Teeth 6 percent 4 percent There are a few takeaways that can be drawn from this data, including:
- Too many people talk on the phone, sing, eat and send and read text messages while they are driving regardless of gender.
- Some distractions that all drivers admitted to engaging in within the previous 30 days will seem outlandish to many people who see this list.
- In general, men tend to be more prone to distractions while driving than women.
- No one can be too careful while on the road, as we are constantly sharing the roads with people who are not paying attention to what’s in front of them.
Distracted driving is negligent driving, and people who cause car accidents because they are distracted can and frankly should be found liable for damages that they cause. Many states have laws in place regarding distracted driving, and those laws have become more prevalent since cell phones became basically ubiquitous. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a distracted driver, you need to take action to stand up for your legal rights. Contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.