Any time there is snow or ice on the roads in Boise, you're sure to run into the old wives' tale that drivers in trucks end up stuck in a ditch or on the side of the highway more so than other vehicles. While that may or may not be factually accurate, the following statistic is 100% backed up by facts:

Women are significantly better drivers in winter conditions than men.

Don't believe us? Check the numbers. A researcher from Purdue University, Fred Mannering, found that many times when men are driving trucks, they feel invincible to the effects of Mother Nature:

There may be a sense of invulnerability with four-wheel drive trucks leading the drivers to not slow down as much as they should. The reality is that four-wheel drive gets you up to speed faster in snow and ice, but it doesn’t help you stop any quicker.

Here are the stats:

  • Men over 45 years old are much more likely to be involved in a crash on roads ripe with winter conditions
  • Women are involved in more accidents where rain or slick roads are a hazard

So, why are men getting caught in snow banks more than women? The researcher goes on:

My theory is that women tend to drive at the same speed regardless whether the road is wet or dry, failing to compensate for the reduced friction. But interestingly, women’s crash rates do go down on snow and ice.

That's the key right there. It seems that men tend to underestimate the dangers of snow and ice on the road, therefore not reducing their speed to compensate.

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