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2012-04-13 10:04:12 AM  
Actual footage of my ex-girlfriend driving:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-13 10:50:49 AM  
Accidents in which drivers mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake tend to involve older female drivers in parking lots near farmers markets, a new government study has found.
 
2012-04-13 10:56:39 AM  
Science! (new window)
 
2012-04-13 11:53:18 AM  
When looking at all crashes, the reverse is true - about 60 percent of drivers involved in crashes are male, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study noted.
 
2012-04-13 11:56:42 AM  

ohokyeah: When looking at all crashes, the reverse is true - about 60 percent of drivers involved in crashes are male, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study noted.


But how many MORE males drive?

You can't look at the totals, you have to look at the percentage of male vs the percentage of female.
 
2012-04-13 11:57:58 AM  

ohokyeah: When looking at all crashes, the reverse is true - about 60 percent of drivers involved in crashes are male, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study noted.


img513.imageshack.us

Please note that the percentages in these pie graphs do not add up to 100% because the math was done by a woman.

For those of you hissing at that joke, it should be noted that that joke was written by a woman...so, now you don't know what the hell to do, do you?

Nah, I'm just kidding, we don't hire women.
 
2012-04-13 11:58:15 AM  
Correcausation.
 
2012-04-13 11:59:56 AM  
Also, every woman I've ever known starts backing up before looking behind her.
 
2012-04-13 12:01:52 PM  
I think it probably has something to do with the lack of a clutch pedal, too.....
 
2012-04-13 12:03:54 PM  
Finally, the GOP has some science it can get behind!
 
2012-04-13 12:07:42 PM  
and epicanthic folds make it harder to distinguish the fast from the slow lane
 
2012-04-13 12:09:49 PM  

Honest Bender: Also, every woman I've ever known starts backing up before looking behind her.


They also tend to start backing up BEFORE TURNING THE GOD DAMN WHEEL. Every parking fail video I've ever seen was because a woman just had to move the car before turning the wheel.
 
2012-04-13 12:11:19 PM  
Why couldn't Helen Keller drive?
 
2012-04-13 12:17:40 PM  

FistingMidgets: Why couldn't Helen Keller drive?


because something something hitler?
 
2012-04-13 12:22:20 PM  
My ex would slam on the gas everytime she parked. Slow down to a complete stop, start driving, then turn the wheel, then once she was sort of lined up for the spot SLAM on it and then jam the brakes.

And yes, that did involve hitting curbs and a post.
 
2012-04-13 12:26:54 PM  
I sometimes have trouble distinguishing between the pedals when I have on my big snow boots. But men wear those boots too. Therefore, this study is bullshiat.
 
2012-04-13 12:28:20 PM  
its the whole confusion between whether they meant to say yes or no translated into driving.
 
2012-04-13 12:28:36 PM  

cryinoutloud: I sometimes have trouble distinguishing between the pedals


We know you do... we know you do.
 
2012-04-13 12:28:47 PM  
Something about most women, they just suck at using/understanding any sort of halfway complex machinery.
 
2012-04-13 12:38:39 PM  

BigLuca: FistingMidgets: Why couldn't Helen Keller drive?

because something something hitler?


What do Australians have to do with this? It's because she was locked in an attic.
 
2012-04-13 12:39:37 PM  

PacManDreaming: Actual footage of my ex-girlfriend driving:

[i.imgur.com image 337x253]


You're dating a Ninja Turtle??
 
2012-04-13 12:40:45 PM  
I guess this makes sense in light of the old "male humans have a slight edge in spatial reasoning, females have a slight edge in controlling aggression" theory from back in the '80s (so, more "pressing the wrong button" fail for women, more "hold my beer and watch this" fail for men, on average). Is that still a prevailing theory, or am I just rationalizing the study's results?
 
2012-04-13 12:43:10 PM  
Obvious tag on strike?

It's because of your insane obsession with shoes.

/Ill-fitting, high-heeled shoes.
//And when you drive barefoot due to same.
 
2012-04-13 12:45:46 PM  

Jim_Callahan: I guess this makes sense in light of the old "male humans have a slight edge in spatial reasoning, females have a slight edge in controlling aggression" theory from back in the '80s (so, more "pressing the wrong button" fail for women, more "hold my beer and watch this" fail for men, on average). Is that still a prevailing theory, or am I just rationalizing the study's results?


I try really, really hard to not be sexist, but I will admit that I'm more comfortable on a plane when I realize we have a female pilot for precisely this reason - a male pilot, in my subconscious reasoning, would be more likely to do something for kicks that gets us all killed. Anecdotally, my wife and I have been in approximately the same number of car accidents in our lives - of course, mine resulted in two totalled cars and no injuries only by sheer luck, and hers resulted in a broken side-view mirror and a dent in the trunk.
 
2012-04-13 12:49:51 PM  

Jim_Callahan: females have a slight edge in controlling aggression


You're joking, right?
 
2012-04-13 12:57:51 PM  

PacManDreaming: Actual footage of my ex-girlfriend driving:

[i.imgur.com image 337x253]



You TOTALLY owe me a new keyboard.
 
2012-04-13 12:58:44 PM  
1. Most likely to have a brake/gas pedal related parking problem: Elderly women
2. Highest gender population of elderly: women. (38% more of them than men in the 75 to 85 year old group, 2010 US census)
 
2012-04-13 01:02:05 PM  

Honest Bender: Jim_Callahan: females have a slight edge in controlling aggression

You're joking, right?


I think he means only 3 weeks a month.
 
2012-04-13 01:03:44 PM  

RatOmeter: 1. Most likely to have a brake/gas pedal related parking problem: Elderly women
2. Highest gender population of elderly: women. (38% more of them than men in the 75 to 85 year old group, 2010 US census)


Meant to add that it looks like it correlates more strongly with age than gender. Missing details, though.
 
2012-04-13 01:04:31 PM  
We had just moved back to Chicago and I was working on a ladder outside the second story of our three-flat in mid-afternoon when there's a huge crash. An elderly woman was pulling out of Piser Funeral Home at Foster & Broadway after a visitation. She was pulling into the alley when she hit the gas instead of the brake -- and shoots right through the front and back of a garage, making a cartoon-like hole in each, then smashing into the foundation of a brick-and-frame house.

The car that was normally in the garage was out, so nothing stopped the Cadlllac from opening up a four-foot hole in the house. The family was home at the time and had no idea what hit the house. Unfortunately, the owner was a widow with five kids ... her husband had died the year before.

/Why didn't I take pictures?
 
2012-04-13 01:10:08 PM  
Chromosone?

i225.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-13 01:20:20 PM  
Second chromosome, sure, but if you've got a third then you are probably a really terrible driver.
 
2012-04-13 01:25:45 PM  
And Subby has difficulty distinguishing between n and m on his keyboard.
 
2012-04-13 01:32:12 PM  

RatOmeter: 1. Most likely to have a brake/gas pedal related parking problem: Elderly women
2. Highest gender population of elderly: women. (38% more of them than men in the 75 to 85 year old group, 2010 US census


Yep... That was my immediate thought, too.
In the 75+ age group, there are 10,598,000 women, and 7,059,000 men in the US - e.g. 60% of the elderly population is female.

"Accidents in which drivers mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake tend to involve older female drivers in parking lots, a new government study has found.
One of the study's most striking and consistent findings was that nearly two-thirds of drivers who had such accidents were female. "

Nearly two thirds, like, say, 60% of them?
 
2012-04-13 01:32:28 PM  

LazarusLong42: And Subby has difficulty distinguishing between n and m on his keyboard.


Shh! Someone forgot an M? We don't want Dino M Zaffina finding out!!!
 
2012-04-13 02:13:34 PM  
I'm not over 76, but I will admit I've done this ... twice. Both times I was highly distracted, not seated properly and in a panic trying to stop the car quickly.

CSS1: After a terrible day at work, that I was still mulling over mentally, I pulled up in my home driveway and jumped out of the car to open the gate. As I jumped out, I suddenly realised I hadn't actually put the car in park, and it was rolling forward (it was an older automatic so it'd roll forward at about 2k/hr if you didn't have your foot on the brake). I scrambled half-way back in and went for the brake using the wrong foot (this was in Australia, so I was getting in the right-hand side, leading with my left foot and tried to use that to fumble for the brake instead of the right foot which I'd normally drive with.) Found the accelerator instead, and crashed through the gate. Luckily, no damage to the car or gate, but there was a nasty scrape mark on the driveway from the gate's dropbolt.

CSS2: I was literally 10 meters from home when my car suddenly died. I had enough momentum to roll part-way into the driveway, but ended up lodged on a slight incline with my tail still stuck out on the road. I trotted next door to ask the neighbour to push me a couple of metres so that I was out of traffic. I thought I was going to have to help push, so I was outside the car, one hand on the wheel to steer around the curve of the drive, one hand on the door to push. The neighbour was a lot stronger than I'd thought, so the car moved forward rapidly. I went to turn the wheel and suddenly realised the steering had locked because I'd taken the keys out when I went next-door. Since we were now heading for the fence, I jumped in and scrambled for the brake. As in story 1, in my wildly flailing panic, I hit the accelerator instead. This actually did nothing since the car was dead, but it wasted time and increased my panic: "Aargh, brake not working! Fence incoming! Aaarggh!" Luckily the neighbour had realised I was failing at steering and he was about to push my car through his fence, so stopped pushing and added his weight to the boot to slow us down. I finally got my feet sorted out and stopped us a few centimetres from the fence.

This is the look I got from my neighbour when I tried to explain:
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2012-04-13 02:51:54 PM  

Lord Dimwit: PacManDreaming: Actual footage of my ex-girlfriend driving:

[i.imgur.com image 337x253]

You're dating a Ninja Turtle??


April O'Neal is a Ninja Turtle?!?!
 
2012-04-13 03:19:14 PM  

impaler: Accidents in which drivers mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake tend to involve older female drivers in parking lots near farmers markets, a new government study has found.


Heh article did reference the farmers market incident, down near the end.
 
2012-04-13 03:51:43 PM  
 
2012-04-13 06:11:48 PM  

doglover: ohokyeah: When looking at all crashes, the reverse is true - about 60 percent of drivers involved in crashes are male, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study noted.

But how many MORE males drive?

You can't look at the totals, you have to look at the percentage of male vs the percentage of female.


That's what I was thinking. I'd want to see the age-set demographics before making anything of the front-end statistics. Walking around my own town, I see a lot more women than men behind the wheel as age increases. Really old guys can't seem to drive at all anymore, but a lot of old ladies keep trucking along much longer. The statistics might not reflect any meaningful gender disparity for the age group in question.
 
2012-04-13 08:42:37 PM  
Republicans torn between decrying science or getting the chance to say something kind of derogatory toward women.
 
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