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Driving Tips For Women

Driving Tips For Women

No seriously. Motor Blogger is attuned to the zeitgeist so let’s not be having any of that ‘last bastion of masculinity’ stuff. Save it for the golf club.

Long, long ago, in a time before satellite navigation, motorists would get around by the use of maps. These are large concertina-folded sheets of paper which were used to find your way about. Once unfurled they were impossible to fold back up. This is why map books were invented. Anyway, women cannot read maps – it’s a given. Not their fault of course, it’s just that their brains are wired differently and this has been scientifically proven. In any case, why is it always the female who stops and asks for directions whilst the geezer is still blustering about ‘knowing exactly where he is’?

Although this is true it has given the ladies a bit of a bad press generally when it comes to matters automotive. In fact, women drivers are more responsible and safer than men – and that’s been proved too. Lower insurance claims demonstrate the fact.

The trouble really starts because women tend to believe their own bad press despite being perfectly capable – it’s a subconscious thing. It may also be said that women are better at multi-tasking – a fact that is regularly pointed out to errant male partners; but mud tends to stick to the distaff side when it comes to cars. This is turn leads to a lack of confidence and the cycle continues.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has shown that when a woman has a male partner it is the man who will generally do the driving (except when going to the pub, obviously). This means that the female partner doesn’t get the driving experience and, again, this in turn exacerbates the common misconceptions about women drivers. It’s a vicious circle. This is why females tend to avoid driving in difficult circumstances. It’s not because they can’t, but because they have been conditioned to think they can’t. It is almost a form of bullying.

Women need to assert themselves like professional driver Sabine Schmitz (pictured). They should try to drive regularly and avoid distractions, like thinking about the stereotypical ‘what to have for dinner’ conundrum. Good driving is a pleasure (most of the time) and it is best done when relaxed. The inexperienced driver needs to confront those situations that have previously been avoided. Difficult junctions, for example. Try using relaxation techniques (not yoga, clearly) and soothing music or even asking passengers to shut up.

It is only by gaining experience and confidence behind the wheel that women drivers can overcome the stigma of being ‘second class motorists’.

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