It is the battle of the sexes. An aggressive fight for every inch of road space for the men drivers in Africa. This, coupled with bad roads and bribing one’s way out of every traffic violation no matter how big, is the reason why road carnage headlines rule the news bulletins in Africa. He will not admit it, but the African man thinks that the woman’s place is only one; the kitchen! Therefore, he will never give way to women motorists, unless he has seen the skirt sliding up the thigh as she presses in the clutch or brake pedal and wants to ogle.
The African male driver is a piece of work! Therefore, those reports done by AAA in the UK and Sweden will not be of much help here. An African male driver is most likely the replica of the Stone Age hunter man, only this time, the aggression comes out on the road.
Ask many women drivers, and they will tell you that they fear the men drivers. Therefore, they are bound to be keener on the road, will give way more often and will hardly be caught with traffic violations.
Every motorist thinks they are the safest drivers on the road when they are getting behind the wheel. However, here are a few distinctive habits between men and women motorists. Let’s pamper the male ego, and start with the men. What are their most likely driving habits?
- Men are more likely to take the wheel for long distance driving. If they are driving long distance, they are likely to switch off the radio or music and concentrate totally on driving! Men’s mind is not made for multi-tasking.
- Men are more prone to making traffic violations, speeding, not buckling up and drinking. Such behavior puts them at higher crash risks than women.
- African men are arrogant drivers. They are more likely to hit the pavement, overlap and even drive through pedestrian crossings. This is actually one of the reasons why roads in Africa are death traps. For reckless driving alone, the ratio for men to women is 3.41 to 1! That is quite something.
- For most men on the road, driving is a contest. For regular drivers, men will try to outdo a fellow motorist every day.
- When it rains, more men die on the road than women. Men take more risks behind the wheel.
- An African woman is more likely to take the bus if it is a long distance.
- Female driver crashes occur mostly from a lapse in their attention, but hardly from traffic violations.
- Women are more likely to have problems parking their car than men. Men obviously have a higher sense for spatial awareness than women. Men are able to gauge the spatial relation between objects better.
- Women can multi-task. When driving long distance, a woman drive is more likely to turn on music or radio. She can listen and drive.
- Women are likely to keep longer distance between cars, only for the men drivers to creep in to the space without warning.
Statistically, it appears women are better drivers than men, that is, if good driving means few or no accidents at all. In Africa, you would be safer being driven by a woman than a man.
The combo of physics and the mass of steel makes the vehicle a casket. Therefore, all parties should strive to be careful on the road.