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(Daily Mail)   When it comes to riding in cars, research shows kids prefer Dad in the driver's seat even though Mom is more fun -- that is, when she's not screaming, "SO HELP ME GOD, IF YOU DON'T KNOCK THAT SHIAT OFF I'M TURNING THIS CAR AROUND RIGHT NOW"   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 5
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2012-11-12 11:21:47 AM
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Anderson's Pooper: That's because most Dads can reach into the back seat and smack the kids without slowing down or swerving. It's safer, even if you're the one getting smacked.


I lol'd.

And I think it has something to do with the fact that more male drivers actually pay attention when they drive, rather than swerving the minivan all over the road while playing their next words with friends move.

I usually try to stick up for my gender when it comes to driving, but as a whole? I'm happy to be the exception, and not the rule. I've just almost gotten rear ended by more females in this last month alone- and I peek my rear view and there's their iPhone in front of their faces.

/hates humanity a little
2012-11-12 11:35:06 AM
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I think the deal is for men, we have a certain emotional investment in being a "good driver". You better be able to drive a manual, have a nice smooth routine for checking mirrors, you better know how to put the pedal and pass, etc. Even if you're rolling in some 4 banger, part of the average male mind is still playing GT5 or Forza. Jackasses like myself rolling around in something with a V8+forced induction are very blatantly playing GT5 over in the far left lane.

For a lot more women, driving is just a chore.

When I met my wife she was a terrible driver. She had no predictive skills (giant corner uphead? She'd accelerate and then lock up the brakes when she realized there was a corner.), no confidence, she didn't know to start checking mirrors to find gaps well before you need to change lanes.

I started taking her to race go karts with me (good ones that could hit 33 mph) and eventually it ended up with us going to a race car driving experience at Michigan International Speedway. It took about two years to basically retrain her, but things are a lot better now. About sixth months ago we were in northern Michigan passing a logging truck, when its tire blew out and the trailer swung into our lane. She did a beautiful 180 into the oncoming lane, which moved us clear of the logging truck but now created the threat of oncoming rear ending us. She didn't miss a a beat, down shifted to avoid stalling out, hit the gas and got the car going back up to speed in the opposite direction.

/there was actually nothing in the oncoming lane, but I still give her props for knowing that was a threat and reacting
2012-11-12 02:33:40 PM
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foxyshadis: domenad: I challenge any mom to be fun enough to play "Oh my god the brakes just went out" like my dad did.

The sad thing is, modern cars are put together so much better these days that you rarely see any of the really exciting things happen that used to happen all the time when we were kids.

/Or maybe that was just my family, we never had a car that was newer than I was my whole time growing up.

kiwimoogle84: Anderson's Pooper: That's because most Dads can reach into the back seat and smack the kids without slowing down or swerving. It's safer, even if you're the one getting smacked.

I lol'd.

And I think it has something to do with the fact that more male drivers actually pay attention when they drive, rather than swerving the minivan all over the road while playing their next words with friends move.

I usually try to stick up for my gender when it comes to driving, but as a whole? I'm happy to be the exception, and not the rule. I've just almost gotten rear ended by more females in this last month alone- and I peek my rear view and there's their iPhone in front of their faces.

/hates humanity a little

I don't know about that. We're now raising an entire generation of men just as vapidly absorbed into their gadgets as women, and even middle-aged men have adopted bluetooth headsets with gusto and seem to go into another world when they get too animated talking on them.


Say what? I'm not a gadget freak and never have been. But my smartphone is not a gadget. I use it for work extensively. And I have a bluetooth headset too. Why? Because the speakers on ever mobile phone made SUCK. You cannot hear them unless you are pretty much in a soundproof room. My headset allows me to hear even when I am outdoors in a noisy area. More, it is noise canceling, so people can hear what I say without any background noise. Finally, if you are driving and not using a headset of some sort, you are a menace to other drivers. I can devote both hands to driving. Unfortunately, I have regular meeting, which are always conducted as con-calls and during rush hour.
2012-11-12 01:22:17 PM
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Cythraul: My parents never used the 'we'll turn this car around' thing. They would threaten to not stop for bathroom breaks, and threaten to not feed us for a few days if we peed in the car.


I used the "If I have to pull this car over...) thing once. The boys didn't believe me. I pulled over and spanked them both with my belt. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper pulled over behind me and watched, then walked up and shook my hand. He said he always saw kids acting up, aggravating their parents, and that just made the driver less safe. He said he wished more parents disciplined their kids.

I never had to do that again.

2012-11-12 11:18:33 AM
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That's because most Dads can reach into the back seat and smack the kids without slowing down or swerving. It's safer, even if you're the one getting smacked.
 
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