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Old 28th Dec 2009, 16:17
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Woman drivers. The Chinese have got this right.

A shopping centre in China's Hebei province has built a car park with wider spaces that it says is designed especially to suit women drivers.

The women-only car park in Shijiazhuang city is also painted in pink and light purple to appeal to female tastes.
And finally, the statement of the year:

Official Wang Zheng told AFP news agency the car park was meant to cater to women's "strong sense of colour and different sense of distance".
BBC News - China shopping centre builds 'car park for women'

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Old 28th Dec 2009, 17:01
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The ladies are forgiven their spatial insecurities. The short guys with big trucks who span two or more parking spots, I'm tempted to start driving my flat bed to the shopping center with my immense forklift aboard, and "reparking" these intrusions on civility by neurotic macho-ettes.

Old 28th Dec 2009, 17:23
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I´ll pit my spatial awareness against your insurance premium any time bearfoil.

Why Women Deserve Cheap Car Insurance

How many times have you brought up the issue of insurance premiums, only to hear the men in the room begin complaining about how unfair it is that women get lower rates than men? Did the men start mentioning how women can’t drive? Did they start telling you have they are perfect drivers and women are the reckless one? Have you ever felt that you had to defend yourself? If so, you may want to continue reading. This section is going to make the case of cheap car insurance for women. As you will see, women receive lower insurance rates because of facts, and not on some misguided assumption.

As proven by the numerous studies conducted by the various insurance companies, the fact is that per capita, women are in fewer accidents than men. Additionally, when women are in car accidents, there tends to be less fatalities and damage done than compared with men drivers. A large percentage of this is believed to be based on the tendency for males, especially young males, to driver aggressively.

As another example of this tendency, whenever you see a young person driving a high performance automobile, odds are that it is a young male driver. Very rarely will you see a young woman driver behind the wheel.

This leads to the fact that women tend to drive smaller, more practical cars. Additionally, women tend to drive significantly less (in terms of mileage) as compared to male drivers. A phenomenal example is when a family chooses to take a long road trip. The majority of the time, the husband will be the one who chooses to do the majority of the driving.

As further evidence of why women deserve to pay lower insurance premiums, the statistics prove that men cause significantly more vehicle related crimes than women. With that said, just because you are a male doesn’t mean that you are going to create a crime, but the statistics do prove men are in the larger share of vehicle related crimes.

If you think about it, in general, women do tend to be more safety conscious and risk adverse than men. They are not as likely to perform car stunts or try to show off for their friends by doing something aggressive in the car.

Since the car insurance business is predicated on a risk/benefit ratio, it makes perfect sense to charge lower premiums to women since their accidents are considered “cheaper” and happen less frequently. Therefore the insurance companies are not being sexist or unfair to men, but are actually tending to their business properly.

As you have been shown, it makes perfect sense for women to have cheaper automobile insurance as compared to men. Hopefully, the next time the subject of insurance premiums come up, you will not have to defend yourself. But if you do, your audience will definitely be amazed at how well you articulate the insurance company’s rationale for cheaper car insurance for women.
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Ok who the heck started this .......
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Except Juud that's not all true. Yes young women are involved in more accidents, but older women are involved in more per million miles driven.
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 17:39
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Where did you get that from Tim? More than whom?


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Old 28th Dec 2009, 17:47
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When Juud talks, I listen. I've been in three major auto crashes in the last ten years. In 1999, a lady driver hit me head on whilst venturing onto MY side 'o the road. In 2003 I had stopped on a snowy road, as all ahead of me had stopped to install chains. A chap from another Country (we call them 'chronic visitors') slammed into the back of my car. No insurance, no English. In 2005 a distracted driver hit me from behind whilst I was stopped at a red. Three demolished cars, 300,000 dollars woth of Medical treatment, and a still unblemished driving record. My aircraft is far lighter than my vehicle, I shouldn't be cautious with my 4500 pounds when I am meticulous in the cockpit?

My perfect (personal) driving record is due to DEFENSIVE DRIVING. Aggression behind the wheel should be a felony, IMO.

Juud, you must not be privy to my posts. In forty years of flying, Every single Lady pilot has been a gem, safe, meticulous, and unencumbered with Testosterone. Three of my Male counterparts are dead, a total of several million dollars worth of equipment destroyed and burnt, and no less than nineteen souls perished.

Coincidence? I think not. (This is not offical, nor should it be construed as actuarial in nature, it is MY OPINION.)

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In forty years of flying, Every single Lady pilot has been a gem, safe, meticulous, and unencumbered with Testosterone. Three of my Male counterparts are dead, a total of several million dollars worth of equipment destroyed and burnt, and no less than nineteen souls perished.
What proportion of the total number of pilots do women represent? Your statement may well be true but is probably meaningless in helping to prove what you are implying.

I will try and find the reference but I remember reading a piece from an insurance company some years ago that claimed that while women had more accidents in number the overall cost was lower to insurers because, on average, the accidents were less severe.

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Although women have fewer convictions than men, the number of insurance claims that they make is roughly the same as men. What is interesting is that on average, when you compare women's car insurance claims with men's insurance claims, there is a huge discrepancy in cost.

Even when women do have accidents and make a claim on their car insurance, their costs are statistically much lower than when men claim. This is not only to do with the difference in cars that are driven, but also linked to the severity of the damage when men and women drive.

As a generalisation, women drive slower, safer and with more concentration than men, which is why they have fewer convictions but also why when they do have accidents the cost of repair is much less on
From an article written by a lady in the insurance business, found here.

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Old 28th Dec 2009, 18:00
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Germany has had Frau parking for years.

If you read the official excuse, the bays are bigger for getting kids in, lighting better so they don't get attacked, CCTV cameras for the same reason, and they have bumps to stop you going to far forward and bumping the wall.

Ask any German bloke and the reasons are the bigger bays so they don't hit any posts, lighting is again so they don't hit posts or other cars/people, cameras so they can't drive off after reversing into a parked car, and the stop bumps so they don't bang into the wall when they start it in gear.

Its only in certain areas they have it the fish heads in Keel all the parking spaces are like this because they are all big girls blouses up there. And down south in Munich they don't bother at all because all the women have hairy chests.

It all seemed rather logical after Fredrick explained it to me.
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 18:16
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Our local Tesco - and maybe others as well - provides spaces for young blonde women to park in when on their own and in a terrible hurry going to somewhere very important.

These spaces are marked with little pictures of wheelchairs for some reason, and other spaces set aside for the young women, who are often in gym clothes, have pictures of babies in prams, presumably as an awful warning.

If you ask one of the young women how to get the use of one of these spaces, she will teach you some new words to use when speaking to the management.
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Women tend to wreck cars over a period of time in a war of attrition. Scrapes and dents, red lights ignored, and so on. None of these relatively minor events are claimable as they usually fall below the excess, or the loss of an NCB is an adequate deterrent to prevent a claim. On that basis women deserve lower premiums.

A man will usually smash a car up properly.

We have two cars. Both were too all intents and purposes immaculate when purchased. 'Hers' now has a scrape on every corner and along both sides, and numerous small dings.

Mine has one damaged bumper where I hit a wall when manoeuveuring (sp?) out of a narrow parking space.

Admittedly hers has done the the school and shopping runs more often than mine.
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 18:41
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They don't need parking sensors here, they stop when they hear the crunch!
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 20:04
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the car park was meant to cater to women's "strong sense of colour and different sense of distance
says female parking attendants have been trained to help guide women drivers into their parking spaces
so no gender sterotyping then !

why women gain cheaper insurance premiums...

women statistically have more accidents then men, however, while men have few accidents the insurance payout figures are stastically higher..

so women have more, but cheaper accident and men have but more expensive accidents.
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 20:06
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My experience of women drivers is that they are very good, or very bad.

No in between.
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 20:19
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Women only car park.

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How about Women Only Supermarkets, too ? Then I wouldn't have to wait for the woman in front of me to hold everybody up as she scrabbles around the bottom of some voluminous handbag searching for the elusive purse, muttering " I know I brought it, it's in here somewhere ".

What's wrong with anticipating having to pay ?

Woman only Supermarkets would of course result in Men only Supermarkets, too - hurray !! we could get rid of 90% of the c**p that is displayed, often temptingly 'on offer' and just buy what we need, and go in for.

Men go shopping for things that they need, or perhap just want, women go shopping for things to spend money on.
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 20:33
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I can parallel-park better than most men.

OK, I bit...
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 20:34
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Difference between men and women when getting cash from an ATM


1. Drive to the bank, park, go to the cash dispenser
2. Insert card
3. Dial code and desired amount
4. Take the cash, the card and the slip


1. Drive to the bank
2. Engine stalled
3. Check make-up in the mirror
4. Apply perfume
5. Manually check haircut
6. Park the car - failure
7. Park the car - failure
8. Park the car - success
9. Search for the card in the handbag
10. Insert card, rejected by the machine
11. Throw phonecard back in handbag
12. Look for bank card
13. Insert card
14. Look for the chit (where secret code written) in handbag
15. Enter code
16. Study instructions for 2 minutes
17. #Cancel#
18. Re-enter code
19. #Cancel#
20. Call Boyfriend/husband to get correct code
21. Enter huge amount
22. #Error#
23. Enter large amount
24. #Error#
25. Enter smaller amount
26. Cross fingers
27. Take cash
28. Go back to the car
29. Check make up in rear mirror
30. Look for keys in handbag
31. Start car
32. Drive 50 meters
33. STOP
34. Drive back to bank machine
35. Get out of the car
36. Take card and ticket back from machine
37. Go back to the car
38. Throw card on passenger seat
39. Throw slip on the floor
40. Check make up in rear mirror
41. Manually check haircut
42. Go into roundabout - wrong way
43. BRAKE!!
44. Go into roundabout - right way
45. Drive 5 kilometers
46. Remove hand brake
47. Stop at mall
48. Spend money
49. Go back to step 1
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Old 28th Dec 2009, 20:47
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women are in fewer accidents than men
Oh dear! Should I? No, I guess not, but Bank and Catherine springs to mind.
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