Women are gradually dominating the roads, with the number of new female car owners rising to 45% in 2016 from 31% in 2013, according to the 2016 Philippines Sales Satisfaction Index.
Records from the Land Transportation Office also show that over a million Filipino women registered for student permits and driver’s licenses last year.
But women drivers and car owners are still largely looked down upon. A survey showed that only 13% of men think that women are better drivers, and only 28% of women think they are better drivers than men.
Furthermore, the 2015 Jabian Automotive Industry Survey showed that 26% of women feel that they are not treated as equals to men in car repair shops, and 45% of them feel their knowledge about their car is underestimated by mechanics.
Women are given less credit for what they can actually do behind the wheel. A 2015 study revealed that women drive safer than men, with women scoring 23.6 points, while men only scored 19.8 points. The study showed that men were more likely than women to speed, drive past a yellow light, tailgate, cut corners, cut in traffic, use phones, and have a negative impact on other drivers.
The results of this study was confirmed in a 2016 survey. Only 15% of women say that they would be distracted while driving, compared to the 51% of men who admitted that they will be distracted by an attractive woman on the street. Men can be more aggressive and far too confident (84% of men believe they drive within the speed limit, when only 64% of them actually do), which can result in them engaging in risky behavior, including driving without a seatbelt, driving under the influence, and speeding.
The number of male deaths in traffic accidents in the US is more than twice the number of female deaths. While, in the Philippines, a whopping 80.25% of fatalities in traffic accidents are men, while only 19.75% are female. Despite women being generally safer drivers, more women still fail driving tests compared to men.
While men may be far more prone to accidents, this does not mean that women are completely safe. With more women on the road, there are more chances for them to be involved in car accidents.
Regardless of gender, it is best to be protected that any mishap that may happen. Fortune General offers comprehensive coverage for damage and theft, and also offers a third party liability insurance.