Sunday, July 20, 2008

Oh these women drivers...

Women drivers – oh, don’t tell me about them. They drive like they are walking in the park. Believe me man, they don’t know how to drive, the take up the whole road, they don’t move and they don’t even have good reflex. You know what – they should not drive, or we should keep a line separate for them. This is the kind of reaction you get from the average Joe if you talk about women drivers. People do accept women as their equals in corporate world, at homes, but strangely, when it comes to road, it is like a male owned territory and many guys treat women like trespassers. And try overtaking them and man, you have just let the gate of hell wide open. The hurt male ego will brook nothing till they overtake you.
Now, guys don’t jump on m e- I am not saying every one of us is like that, there are guys like that. But though there are guys like that, we are not ready to accept it. I agree not every female driver is good and there are ladies who drive irresponsibly but there are guys like that too. So why brand lady drives as a whole for the act done by few?

I came across a feature in Auto India about this subject last month, and the author recounts an incident happened to her. She was driving home after a party with her friends, and they spotted a car crawling along, giving confused signals and not budging from the road, and the guys spotted long flowing hair and started making fun of lady drivers. At last, when the author overtook the car, they saw a bearded face – it was a guy who was driving the car, not a lady.

I, personally believe there are only two kind of drivers – those who know how to drive and those who don’t know how to drive. And gender doesn’t have anything to do with it. I have seen excellent male drivers and crappie male drivers who should put behind bar if ever you find them behind the driving wheel, and I have seen the same with ladies too.
So, when next time the discussion is about male-female drives, please don’t pain the whole side with one color – remember, it is the individual who drives and it is the ability of the individual which matters, not gender.

Drive / ride long and drive / ride safe.

(this blog is inspired by the article published in July 2008 Auto India – She Drives… under the section In Focus and is written by Vineetha Mokkil)

19 comments:

Smriti Srivastava said...

:D What timing....

I was returning home with this male friend of mine who owns a sports bike...and is basically crazy abt everything there is "bike". On our way, he kept talking to me...turning back occassionally. Out of nowhere this girl on a cycle came in front of his bike and he applied sudden brakes...and he tells me "Girls should never be allowed to ride/drive any kind of vehicle...cant she see such a big bike coming in front of her and still drives like she's in a park". When I told him that he should also be careful and mind his driving too. He says , "Hurts your female ego, doesn't it?? " O_O

Any which way, I agree that there are all kinds of drivers on the road... my mom, I think is one of the best driver's i've ever come across...and she certainly drives much better than my dad...or even my driver most times... cant say the same about me :P

Nice post...Waitin to read other comments here...esp from the females :)

Pooja said...

You almost had me all geared up and ready to strangle you. A good save. Yeah my Dh reacts the same way most of time. But his reason is that woman are preoccupied when they driveeand it is same man who says I am one of good drivers he has met(except for few strange things that occured recently) . Lot of people trust me a with their cars even guys . You really wanted girls to react at ur post right.

Suma said...

heh...heh.. the first line made me see red...till i read the rest...

totally agree with the post...all the women i know are excellent drivers...

of course 'most' men will never see the point...

Knatchbulley Hughzscene said...

i agree with u completely.. but i've had bad xperience with girly drivers.. sum female strted her car in GEAR!!!!! n it jumped on me!!! i happened to be on the road goin home frm skool.. rrgghh!@!!

i also hv xperinec of blueline busdrivers bullyin grl drivers on d road... m a victim of tht almost on a daily basis..

Meghna said...

Now....now....that's what I call a good ol' BB LOL! :P

usha said...

one look at the title, n I went 'oh no, not again!!!' :D

I've been riding my scooterette through busy traffic in many cities. and I know I'm good at it. So, I find it repulsive when people make gender based generalisations like that.

But then, I know of quite a few women friends who come from smaller towns, haven't rode a bicycle ever, which => not much sense of traffic rules and lack of quick reflexes, and then they get married/land on jobs in bigger cities which require them to take care of their commute n that on their kids. So, then they go ahead n enroll themselves into one of those driving schools, get a license n just venture out.

Now the point is, you cannot blame it on gender, but the lack of exposure.This is the same case with men too, who are from smaller towns/ did not have access to driving vehicles for a very long time. I remember a 30 yr old male colleague, who got a new bike (his 1st) n would come to office at 7 in the morning n leave at 4 because he was scared of the traffic at peak hours!

Gazal said...

You almost got me with the first few lines.

you are rite there are only two kinds of drivers...GOOD AND THE BAD

but on bangalore you need to be have super skills to manouver yourself.

at the risk of being untrue to my own clan.It's a matter of genetic conditioning....women will take some more years to have the DRIVE gene more dominant in them...
till then god save us all !!!

preetz said...

women drivers! forger whthr female drivers r good or bad! men are chauvinistic to let women drive...and by men- i mean my dad!!!!!!!! ayoooooo he thinks i need A LOT of time = 6 months on an EMPTY road before i cn take the car in traffic...bike and all...forget it! i dno..so im not gonna comment on this anymore! :(

aneri_masi said...

hehe, you got me too :) I read the first few lines and started to think, yeh anoop ko kya ho gaya, aap to aise na the :)

nicely put article! Now if only everyone thought this way, the world would be a much nicer place.

Veens said...

GOD!!!!!!... hugs... kisses... claps.. for u .. for this one! good one xh :))

lov!

i m not a gr8 driver... u knw that! but with practice i knw i can do better! and thats the case with anone and everyone...

ck2 said...

when you are walking, the bike and cycle fellow show you no respect
when you are on a bike, the cars and van give you no room
when you are in a car, the bus fellow frightens the hell out of you
when you are in a bus, the people walking on the road dont care

usually the only rule that really works is - i am right, you are wrong.
it has worked for me all the time :)

Joy said...

As with everyone else, I was all ready to put up a fight after reading the first few lines. But after reading the whole post, well, its a different story.

Bad men drivers drive rashly, bad women drivers drive confusingly. The good are good.

Vaishali Sabhahit said...

Such a sweet post!! We find at least some stalwart supporters amongst the opposite sex....

oormila vijayakrishnan said...

Ha! I was going to kick your ass after reading the first few lines of your post! :-D (Law of the Jungle- kill first then think... Always been like that, please forgive!). You couldn't be more right- there are just two types of drivers- those who know what they are doing and those who don't. Has nothing to do with gender...
That said, I must admit that I am the lousiest driver on the planet! :-D Yeah, unfortunately, a woman gets the crown :-(

Ps said...

Applause--so well said! I agree 100%

Juby George said...

there are all sorts of drivers on road... rash men drivers, snail women drivers, or even the reverse...
last week-end my dad was here and i took him for a ride (since he never saw me driving all his life)...
he was driving his scooter for almost 30-40 years and still he didnt let me cross the 30km/hr!!!!!

Gayatri said...

well said! its heartening to know your perspective on women drivers.

if only the rest of the male population could think like you! =)

Gauri said...

Read the first line and my reaction was "Ah - here goes - same story all over again !" :D But then, like the saying goes - Never judge a book by teh cover huh ?!

True - there are two kinds of drivers - the ones who can drive and ones who can't and it has nothing to do with gender !

Sara Sekhar said...

its not just girls/women who makes mistakes even guys drive like....hmmmm(no words to describe that). but anyway you should come and sit on my bike and see how i ride it...iam sure ill make your pleasant ride a hell....

*evil laugh* HA HA..