Sex survey scores traffic manners

2012-01-09 07:43

SYDNEY, Australia - Men show greater courtesy to women in traffic than they do to other male drivers, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland.

The Aussie study also found that women behaved in similar fashion towards men.

The role of gender in road courtesy appeared to work both ways, researchers Redzo Mujcicc and Paul Frijters found, with female drivers on a main road more likely to let male drivers enter the traffic flow from a side street than their own gender.


They observed a total of almost 1000 right-of-way events in the Queensland state capital, Brisbane, and found that drivers allowed others in front of them in almost 40% of cases observed just before a traffic light or traffic circle.

Men stopped 42% of the time in such a situation, women 37%, but the researchers concluded that the difference was not statistically significant.

However, when taking into account the gender of the driver entering the main flow of traffic, the researchers found that 22% more men than women let a woman in from a side street and 15% more women than men let a man in.

The biggest effect on driving courtesy, however, was made by the presence of a passenger in the car that had right of way. This increased drivers' willingness to let others in by a 25%, the researchers found.


  • Fred - 2012-01-09 11:10

    This was very, very important research and was worth every penny spent on it.

  • neil.big.craig - 2012-01-09 11:35

    Chivalry is not dead, it seems to have a pulse :p

  • Timothy - 2012-01-09 13:46

    Nah! I treat everyone the same on the road. Actually, I'm more conscious of women drivers (they seem to be more distracted than men. I had lot of near-misses with them than with men)! :) I am also kind & let people in in traffic but it depends! If you are selfish & want to overtake everyone during rush-hour, I don't let you in. :)

      PyroSA - 2012-01-09 18:48

      Women might have the same approach... "The crazy male driver would kill me if I don't let him in!"

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      Frank - 2012-01-12 22:29

      suzie,don`t drink and type.

  • Jodi - 2012-01-10 13:04

    Being female I do tend to let men into my lane more often than women, primarily because women these days don't seem to know how to say thank you!!

      rickey.de.clercq - 2012-01-11 08:44

      Spot on Jods!!!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-01-10 13:10

    I don't mind letting people into the lane if they do two things: 1 Indicate, 2 say thank you. BMW's, Mercedes, Audi's I don't let in as they don't indicate. Indicate and I'll let you in with no hassle. Its just plain courtesy!

      Werner - 2012-01-10 15:50

      Don't you just love those drivers who squeeze into a space that just is not there? If you indicate and WAIT before you want to change lanes, I will slow down and let you into my lane. If I have to brake to avoid contact with your car while you're spontaneously changing lanes, you are doing something wrong.

  • Frank - 2012-01-12 22:35

    i just let anyone in as long as they respect the `you go ,i go`rule and wait thier turn like everyone else.although i`m always a sucker for a gorgeous brunette .

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