November 5, 2002

Survey says women are better drivers

Toronto, Ontario – According to the results of the Goodyear Safety Survey, a poll of the attitudes and opinions Canadians have towards their fellow drivers, women are safer drivers.

  • When asked which gender are the safer drivers, 50% of Canadians say
    females, while only 29% say males and 18% are unsure. Interestingly,
    40% of men admit that females are the better drivers, but only 20% of
    females return the compliment.

  • Provincially, Quebecers are the most complimentary to females behind
    the wheel with 70% saying they are the safer-driving gender. Atlantic
    Canadians are only half as likely to commend women – only 36% said
    females are safer drivers.

  • Albertans and Atlantic Canadians are the most charitable to male
    drivers, with 39% and 38% (respectively) of people in those provinces
    siding with men.

  • 57% of Canadians feel that those who are 16 years of age are not old
    enough to safely drive a vehicle. 75% of Quebecers took this stand,
    versus only 44% of those living in Manitoba or Saskatchewan.

  • 50% of Canadians feel that those who are 80 years of age and older
    cannot safely drive a vehicle, though only 36% of those 50 and older
    take this position. 26% of Canadians concede that it depends on the

While driving instructors may be among the most patient (and brave)
individuals on the road, either their words of wisdom aren’t sinking in or
they’re not attracting enough business, according to the Goodyear Safety

  • 59% of Canadians feel most drivers on the road have not received
    adequate driver training, though half (50%) of Quebecers disagree.
    British Columbians are the harshest critics of today’s drivers, with
    68% saying those behind the wheel haven’t had adequate training.

    Goodyear is a leading proponent of safe driving, and is the number one
    choice of tires for school buses, ambulances and police cars.

    The telephone survey was conducted by Thompson Lightstone & Company in
    July 2002 with a representative sample of 1,000 Canadians. The margin of error
    is plus/minus 3.1% and is accurate 19 times out of 20.

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