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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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Women Drivers Penalised


You know girls; right? The ladies. The ones that wear inappropriate shoes when driving and think that a clutch is a small bag you take out in the evening. Well, some time ago it was announced that those astute and clear headed thinkers in the EU decided that men had been getting a bit of a raw deal when it comes to car insurance. Apparently women have been getting cheaper premiums and that just wasn’t fair. In EU speak it’s called ‘gender discrimination’ and it is to be outlawed at the end of 2012. This legislation meant that premiums for women drivers would take a hike upwards. There was even a suggestion that insurance for male drivers might even go down. How we all laughed at that one.

Not being the types to miss jumping on a bandwagon when they see one, the insurance companies have begun to increase prices for younger women drivers well in advance of the legislation date, when premiums are expected to rise by 25% for the fairer sex. In May, women under 23 saw an increase of some 11.4% in the cost of premiums. Companies, quite rightly, have been accused of using the rule change as a front for profiteering.

All drivers know that the days of cheaper deals for loyal customers are long gone and most of us expect to switch insurers every year. This is a time consuming nuisance. An example quoted is of a young woman who paid £1300 last year. After twelve months of claim free driving and being a year older she was quoted £1600 by her insurer. What a rip-off. She subsequently paid £750 elsewhere. AA Insurance have reported that female premiums rose by 4.8% in the first three months of 2012 and this is sure to accelerate as the end of the year approaches.

Unsurprisingly, the Association of British Insurers are throwing up their hands in a sort of “What us, guv?” manner. They apparently cannot explain why this is happening. A spokesman said – having finished counting a large pile of banknotes and booking a family holiday in the Maldives probably – that any increases would be down to individual insurers. They could only assume that the increases are down to their recent claims experience. Yeah, right.

One experienced observer points out that insurers move in herds, like dinosaurs devouring all before them, and that they are ‘aligning’ themselves ready for the end of the year, rather than banging in a whopping increase in December. This is of course no consolation to women drivers who have always thought that action to get rid of discrimination against their gender was supposed to work in their favour rather than against it.

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