There's always been a debate over which sex is better behind the wheel, but now we have proof that women are the better drivers. A recent survey has found that male attention tends to wander when they're in the proximity of attractive women.
A survey by Australian company Allianz found that of the 1425 men polled, 51% of them admitted to being less than attentive to their driving when they see an attractive woman walking in the street. What about women you ask? Only 15% of women said they'd be distracted by a hunk while on the road.
Sounds like a scene from a bad romantic comedy, right? Well, it's real.
Plus, men will stare at women they find attractive whether they're single or not, whereas women in committed relationships are half as likely to be as distracted as their single counterparts.
These proportions boil down to the general view that women are safer and more cautious drivers than men. Yet, even though the gap between the number of male and female drivers have become progressively smaller, there are still fewer female drivers than males, overall.
According to this gender driving study, this means that apart from the risks like high likelihood to drink and the high confidence males have when driving, their mileage is generally higher compared to female drivers.
Another factor of distraction in male drivers is said to be wealth. "It turns out that salary also influences the equation," says Robyn Farrell, Director at 1st for Women Insurance. "Higher earners are more distracted by women when behind the wheel.
"Is it because it’s easier to take a peek with the top of your convertible down? We do not know."
However, if guys think that driving a fancier car will make them more desirable to women, then they should think again.
In a survey by motors.co.uk, men who show off their wealth with flashy cars might actually come out at the bottom.
While 48% of men think that driving an expensive car makes you more attractive, the survey actually found that women actually consider these men "arrogant, self-centered and dangerous."
Speaking of stereotypes, the survey also adds that even though are thought to be safer on the road, we're also considered to be bad drivers.
This stereotype affects our confidence and we're therefore more cautious when driving. Which is ridiculous, but somehow makes sense, right?
But, regardless of gender, caution should be balanced with confidence to ensure safety on the roads.
Farrell concludes, "At the end of the day, distracted driving is an absolute no-no! Keep your eyes on the road at all times and ignore everything that could interfere with your concentration."
Which gender do you think is better behind the wheel and why?