Women drivers show caution

Annette Ferguson, with her 1966 Mustang Coupe, says drivers must always be aware of what is around them on the road.
Annette Ferguson, with her 1966 Mustang Coupe, says drivers must always be aware of what is around them on the road. Allan Reinikka

ANNETTE Ferguson has been driving cars all her life, even doing a stint as a speedway driver, but she's always taken care when on the region's roads.

"I've actually been told that I'm the more cautious driver in the family," she said.

"I don't really like driving in heavy rain; I'll usually let my husband drive."

And it looks like most women agree with Annette, according to a new survey.

The survey by leading GPS brand Navman found women were more cautious drivers than the opposite sex.

The survey results showed women were more anxious when driving in certain situations.

A total of 54% of women, like Annette, did not like driving in the rain, compared to 35% of men.

But that doesn't mean women are bad drivers; they just drive with more caution when on the roads.

Navman Australia and NZ country director Wendy Hammond said: "It's too simplistic to say from these results that women are more anxious drivers than men.

"I believe what this indicates is that women may be more cautious drivers.

"While there is a fine line between being cautious and too anxious, being prepared for dangerous driving conditions actually helps make you safer on the roads."

Annette, despite being cautious, said a driver always had to be aware of what was around them when they were on the road.

"I've always told my kids, you might be a good driver but you have to be aware of the other drivers around you," she said.


Navman survey results

  • 44% of women don't like driving at night, while 39% of men feel the same way.
  • 41% of women are concerned about driving in the city compared to 24% of men.
  • 30% of women admit to fiddling to get something from their bag, compared to only 9% of men.

Topics:  anxiety caution dangerous driving driving gender

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