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Are Women Afraid To Change Lanes???

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Rebel Sympathy, May 10, 2011.

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  1. Rebel Sympathy

    Rebel Sympathy Well-Known Member

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    Howdy, Boys:

    I live way out in the country and take a walk each morning along the Farm-To-Market road I live on. I walk on the edge of the pavement facing traffic. No sidewalks out here.

    When I see a car coming toward me, or when I hear a car approaching from behind, I always step off the asphalt into the grass/weeds on the shoulder until the vehicle has passed by me. I consider it just an extra precautionary measure. I mean, you never know this day and age with cell phones, texting, etc.....

    Maybe it is just a local thing, but almost without fail - like 95% of the time - when a car does NOT move away from me by a half-lane to a full lane, it is a woman driving. Male drivers seem to move over almost all the time. The female drivers don't- especially the young ones whom are often driving the fastest.

    What do you suppose is the deal with this? Are the women more daring? More thoughtless? Afraid to change lanes? Asserting their rights? This is not a major issue in my life, but the contrast between male and female drivers is absolutely amazing from the standpoint of my pedestrian perspective. It is a real social education.....

    Mike Durhan
     
  2. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    A few years back my wife and I would argue about women drivers. We decided to do a little test. Everytime there was a screw up in traffic we would try to get close to see if the driver was male or female. About 95% of the time it is a woman that screws up. They(for the most part) just can't drive. A contradiction to that test is my daughter who drives the fire truck at the local VFD. Another contradiction is OLD Men wearing hats. Definately slow pokes. Bulge.
     
  3. recurvyarcher

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    Women follow rules a lot more than do men. Are you walking on the flat, or are there hills involved? I know that Martin will go around a mail truck that is parked near the top of a hill (where you can't see what's coming on the other side), and I refuse to do it unless there is a guy at the top of that hill as a lookout. I don't want a head-on collision.

    If it's not the issue of crossing a solid yellow line, then I can't explain your experience.

    What I want to know, though, is why a guy in on the freeway won't MOVE OVER when he obviously is going slower than I am. Or why do guys on the right speed up when you going past them, so that you have to speed up EVEN MORE so that you can move to the right to let the maniac behind you pass.
     
  4. mixer

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    For the most part women are "steerers" not "drivers". Huge difference.


    Eric
     
  5. Rebel Sympathy

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    RecurvyArcher:

    Mostly flat road. No solid lines. 95% of the men move over 1/2 to one full lane. 95% of the women do not move over. Go figure.

    As far as your freeway question, I don't know. But, you are right; there are all kinds of "speed-up" antics on a freeway. I've sure seen them myself.

    Mike Durhan
     
  6. recurvyarcher

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    Mike, I apologize for the inadequacies of my gender. They better learn how to do that, however, because in some states you can get a ticket if you don't move over for a police car that has stopped a vehicle on the side of the road.

    Personally, I think all kids should have to start out on a tractor when they are about 8 years old, and then drive the farm truck and loaded trailer around on the farm before they hit the road. It helps.
     
  7. letts

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    Why do drivers pull by a truck or camper or other large vehicle on a multi lane highway pull over in front of them and then slow down holding up the vehicle they have just passed? It has happened to me many times.

    Letts
     
  8. wireguy

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    The observation here mirror my own in so cal driving so it isn't just local. I think women largely do not appreciate how much power they are in control of and how quickly things can go wrong. I move over for walkers/bikers just like Mike says because I understand how quickly something can go terribly wrong so I give myself some safety space. Many people today have no experience with power tools or anything like that where they have learned that things can turn nasty instantly. Also many people can't learn except through tragedy. They are incapable of reasoning to the concept that with all that power something could go wrong and they should show some caution when circumstances dictate. What Mixer says is SO true. I have always said I can teach a monkey to make it go, it takes something more than a monkey to DRIVE.
     
  9. Brian in Oregon

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    Yeah women are afraid of change. Look how many stick with their abusers.
     
  10. shooterIII

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    The one thing I do know, when my wife is driving on a 4 lane she gets into the left or passing lane and will stay there even if there is no one in the right lane. I've mentioned it a few times but have given up, so when she drives I lay back and close my eyes.
     
  11. grntitan

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    I drive a truck for a living and with well over 1,000,000 miles to date i have seen my share of bad drivers. I have observed some ridiculous driving habits from both sexes.

    My observations of women drivers have shown they either drive like maniacs or they are scared to death. I have had two minor accidents in a big truck and both were women and neither my fault. Both times they failed to yield when entering/merging onto the interstate. I had nowhere to go either time and they would just smack right into me. Both drivers were ticketed. The first woman smacked into my steer tire and the spinning lugnuts sawed her 1/4 panel like the "Speed Racer" saw blades. The second lady smacked my truck drive tires and bounced off. They were both minor accidents but ate up half my day. Drug screen, breathalyzer and tons of paperwork. Good old St.Louis, MO rush hour.

    Now men on the other hand are usually Indy Car drivers(in their minds). They are also not afraid to play suicidal games around a big truck. I've had guys cut me off while going 70mph down the interstate. I know what the term "Standing on the Brakes" means. Literally standing up on my brakes and butt puckered hoping to stop in time.

    I've seen both men and women pass on both shoulders of the interstate.

    My wife and i have had some serious disagreements when she is driving. She doesn't care for my constant traffic disection. LOL Of course driving for a living makes you always want to be at the controls. I'm a terrible passanger.
     
  12. DB Bill

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    The women probably didn't even notice you alongside the road -- to busy multi-tasking.
     
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    “The difference between men and women is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose to save the infant, without even considering if there's a man on base.”
     
  14. Zuzax

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    Yep, when ever I see a car going fast and cutting in and out of traffic it's a woman most times. And the young ones are always talking on their phone (illegal here) or texting.

    Another thing I've noticed over the years. Driving out in the country here in NM and Texas when you pass someone going the other way they wave, but only men do it. If you wave at a woman you get no response. Never understood that one.

    Just an observation, don't shoot!!!

    Cheers,

    George
     
  15. AveragEd

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    Here in Pennsylvania, driving in the left lane unless beside another vehicle is illegal yet it's hard not to drive five miles on a four-lane highway without encountering someone who refuses to move to the right lane despite following them for miles, polite little horn toots or high-beam flashes. I often see them pull out from an entrance ramp and go right over to the passing lane with no other vehicles around them.

    And it seems that the traffic control device most often ignored is the "Yield" sign. People seem to think that it means "Take Turns" and expect you to slow down to let them merge because if you don't, they make every effort to pass you and give you a one-finger salute.

    But I'm sure I have my share of bad driving habits, too.

    Ed
     
  16. Recoil Sissy

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    Mike:

    In 2005 I was walking 7.5 to 9.5 miles five days a week. My experience then and now is consistent with yours - female drivers will routinely crowd someone on foot when there is no reason to do it.

    Male drivers generally don't. Even if there is oncoming traffic and a lane change - or partial lane change - isn't possible, most male drivers will slow down (or stop, if necessary) to avoid crowding a pedestrian.

    Crossing a street is a variation on the same theme. Male drivers will often wait while pedestrians cross the street in front of them. IMO, stepping off a curb in front of a female driver is for daredevils or those with a death wish.

    Here's my theory: males are taught from childhood to defer in certain situations. We consistently show deference to women, little kids, seniors, and the infirm. Holding doors open for others is an example. Such deference typically applies to pedestrians as well.

    Women as a rule, are used to being on the receiving end of the equation. It never crosses their mind to shift lanes for a pedestrian. Female drivers simply don't recognize pedestrians as vulnerable or comprehend how dangerously inappropriate it is to crowd them.

    sissy
     
  17. eightbore

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    Average Ed makes a good point about PA. However, it isn't just drivers who won't get out of the way. At gun shows, the same phenomenon exhibits itself. At PA gun shows, it is a constant battle to get down the rows because slow moving people are always blocking both the left and right lanes. The size of the person is another factor in this phenomenon.
     
  18. skeet_man

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    +1 on Eightbores comments LOl
     
  19. wolfram

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    I believe there are fundamental differences in the genetic make up between men and women and those differences are a result of natural selection. The male being larger and more powerful evolved as a sucessful hunter where the trait of seeing peripheral events favored his survival. The female evolved sucessully by focusing on the task immediately at hand. Take this to the driving example, men tend to look at the sides of the road and don't mind wandering a bit where as women tend to look down the road and stay the course. Men are also bigger risk takers which is not always such a good thing.

    Now here is the irony of Mike the Rebel's story. Mike knows that these 'crazy women drivers' are on the road and odds are they will drive pretty close to him when he walks down the road - but he still takes that walk.
     
  20. SeldomShoots

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    I don't know about changing lanes. But I always use my side mirrors when backing up, and my girlfriend always looks over her shoulder out the back window leaving blindspots on the left and right. I have notice other women drivers do the same look over the shoulder routine when backing. I don't know why, but ladies either don't use or trust mirrors on an automobile, except for the occassional make-up check.

    Okay, the last part of the last sentence probably wasn't necessary. LOL. Sorry.

    John
     
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