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Women more likely to mistake gas pedal for brakes

LA Times -- Women are more likely than men to mistake the gas pedal for the brakes, according to federal safety regulators.

But before all those male drivers out there smugly stereotype women as bad drivers, men are more likely to be involved in an accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

“The most consistent finding across data sources was the striking overrepresentation of females in pedal misapplication crashes, relative to their involvement in all types of crashes,” the agency said in a report supporting its proposal this week to require automakers to make brake-throttle override systems standard in all vehicles.

The override systems help drivers regain control when a vehicle accelerates suddenly. Analysts say the override will help stop many instances of sudden


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Submitted Apr 14, 2012 By: angel4me
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hatmanOR
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 11:38:10 PM

no comment.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 1:07:44 PM

They should offer joystick control for all vehicles. Younger drivers would certainly have less control problems!
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 12:37:10 AM

Thanks for the alert. I will keep this crazy article in mind tomorrow. I hope I won't be confused.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 10:59:53 PM

women or men it shouldn't matter. It's the age of these older drivers that can't figure out the gas from the brakes. Just happened in Palm Coast FL...76 yr old woman hit the gas instead of the brakes and plowed into the front entrance of a Publix Supermarket...AND...injuring several people. That would be an awful way to get hurt...pushing your cart around in the store and BAM...you hit the floor for some unknown reason and wake up in the hospital.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 10:59:10 PM

Not my wife. (but she is right beside me as I write this)
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 4:35:05 PM

This is one to stay away from.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 2:01:18 PM

not surprised
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 1:37:52 PM

so what, who cares?
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:30:06 PM

"Driver inattention and distraction also were common contributing factors across all age groups, the agency said."

Inattention & distraction. Maybe the reason is multi-tasking.

From Are women really better at multi-tasking? :
"It's official: Women really are better than men at juggling more than one task at once...

...So if I'm a woman, multitasking makes me more efficient?
Actually, probably not. There is evidence that multitasking is a drag on productivity for pretty much everyone, regardless of gender."



[Edited by: johntxx at 4/15/2012 12:32:24 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 11:13:07 AM

Ya think?
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 10:19:29 AM

This is news!
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 9:55:00 AM

Insufficient data. Pretty hard to mix up a wide pedal for a skinny vertical pedal. Sounds like they are still trying to create logic for cars spontaneously accelerating, since there still is no explanation for it. Having been in a car which did this, I can tell you it has nothing to do with pressing an accelerator pedal.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 9:06:27 AM

What about age, instead? Not gender
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 9:00:55 AM

is he federal safety regulator that made this statement a man?

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:54:09 AM

Gender issues aside, this is nuts. A driver is a driver. Be a responsibile driver and you probably won't have a problem. That doesn't mean that some idiot might not hit you. It doesn't matter how many gadgets they put in a car - which always raises the cost - no one is going to prevent every accident everywhere all the time. It is NOT a perfect world and humans are not going to change that fact. Get over it.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:48:53 AM

Boy could I get in a lot of hot water IF I commented on this one !!!! :)
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:46:25 AM

Thanks for the information.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:26:37 AM

I wonder if age is also a factor
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:21:26 AM

Yikes
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Wow
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:04:42 AM

This just doesn't make sense to me that your sex would make you a higher risk for this.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 6:53:57 AM

That is Bull, so men don't,is that how it is?
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 6:37:53 AM

Blame everything on women! I've witnessed totally crazy male drivers.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 5:34:24 AM

What the hell is a brake-throttle override system? If I accelerate quicky on the interstate on-ramp, will this thing apply the brakes???
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 3:54:48 AM

Women drivers!
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 3:39:58 AM

NOT NEWS
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 3:30:59 AM

Oh please......
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 3:24:00 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 2:21:42 AM

i guess female members of gasbuddy would feel offended by this article!
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 2:20:25 AM

At least they can't blame men for putting on make-up while driving, except for a few in L.A.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 1:47:31 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 1:33:24 AM

What is that little doohickey? Oh, so that is the brake!
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 1:33:17 AM

There are "about 15 pedal misapplication crashes per month in the United States, and that the drivers in almost two-thirds of such crashes were women." This is too small a sample to draw conclusions about women drivers. According to the NSC, there were about 211 million reported accidents in 2009. NSC
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 1:05:52 AM

the override system should have been in place years ago.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:48:45 AM

What an important study.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:47:49 AM

Very interesting....... I wonder how they came up with that research........
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:47:14 AM

NOT
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:38:35 AM

I cant believe someone's time and money was wasted on this crap.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:35:03 AM

Men have more accidents than women and are more likely to have serious accidents.

[Edited by: alterman156 at 4/15/2012 12:35:25 AM EST]
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There are "lies, damn lies, and statistics". - Benjamin Disraeli
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:22:01 AM

Face it, by 76 years old the population of women is far greater than the population of men and so everything they do will show that more of them do it. Stats can be used to show many things and some of them might be true.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 11:56:48 PM


You read a bit too much into the "across date sources" statement from NHTSA. Those generalized statements leave much to the imagination of bureaucrats that love adding more gadgets to vehicles in the name of safety. I believe better driver education for all would make a bigger difference in improving our safety on the nation's roadways.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 11:51:15 PM

It seems only the older folks make the news wih these types of mishaps.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 11:47:32 PM

aquarinut "Stupid!!!! Article has same mentality as some redneck non intellectual that is using gender because they lack the mental fortitude to prove their point!!!"
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I guess reading isn't your strong suit. It looks like the study was pretty straight forward. The breakdown. Accidents occur....police or insurance reports get done and the HTSA collects the data. The data showed that “The most consistent finding across data sources was the striking overrepresentation of females in pedal misapplication crashes, relative to their involvement in all types of crashes,” the agency said in a report"
(This means the percentage of women in "pedal misapplication" accidents was greater than the percentage of women in all accidnets.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 11:43:00 PM

did they mean little old ladies perhaps?
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 11:23:47 PM

Stupid!!!! Article has same mentality as some redneck non intellectual that is using gender because they lack the mental fortitude to prove their point!!!

ANYONE can go through a sh!t happens moment... young, old, male, female, undetermined... and especially the author of the article.

REALLY disappointed that this media outlet would post something like this, especially at this point in time in our history! Should be put in Guinness as one of the biggest blunders of the century!
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 11:03:36 PM

This is an interesting statistic. I wonder how they achieved their research results?
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 10:59:35 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 10:56:37 PM

Instead of further regulation on an entire industry and more things to go wrong for the competent driver and consumer, how about identifying the drivers with deficient skills--men or women. Train them and assess them; if they can't demonstrate competency, pull their license--it is, after all, a privilege.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 10:40:37 PM

I noticed the aggressive drivers are younger (-45) women.
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