Newspaper story comparing male to female drivers abilities,from 120,000 people
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Asked by: johnfrommelbourne-ga
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25 Feb 2005 01:25 PST
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Question ID: 480572
About a week back, maybe ten days,a report came out from England (I am pretty sure England but could have beeen USA or Canada???), that compared what the article termed "the natural abilities" of woman drivers versus male drivers. I never saw the results and dont know what paper it appeared in, but would be very interested to find out where I can see it on the net. I am not even sure what the results were as I only heard talkback radio talking about it as "coming up in next half hour" which I could not wait for. They just referred to very interesting observations froma newspaper story based on 120,000 driver's licence tests. Being male I of course suspect the study arrives at conclusion we males all share in our minds but am keeping an open mind and would be happy to see article prove me dead wrong.
Re: Newspaper story comparing male to female drivers abilities,from 120,000 people
Answered By: skermit-ga on 25 Feb 2005 01:45 PST
I read a news article a couple weeks back, which was based upon 40 volunteers, and measured finger lengths to determine prenatal hormone levels, and establish spatial cognition from that. First article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4202199.stm This sparked many counter-articles, and eventually, an interview with Robin Cummins, who is the chief driving examiner of the UK, who pulled some interesting statistics concerning driving tests: "Women need as much as 14 hours more tuition on average to pass their driving test and have a test pass rate of just 40%, six per cent behind men's at 46%. While women take an average of 2.12 tests to pass, men need 1.87. ?I?m not saying anything that isn?t in the figures,? says Cummins. ?Of course there are plenty of women who are excellent drivers and plenty of men who are terrible, but overall it does seem to be that men can pick up the basic skills more quickly. With young men there seems to be more natural ability. Some females ? though not all ? take a lot more teaching.? For both sexes the pass rate is highest for 17-year-olds (56% for women and 60% for men) and lowest for those 50 and over (29% for both men and women). Reversing is the most common problem for women failing the test." Subsequent articles: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1482133,00.html http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=169522005 It's an interesting debate, and I'm sure it's not the last of the articles which will come out. Thank you for your question. skermit-ga
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