Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Women in big cars

I'm sorry if I'm betraying some secret womanhood pact or something but why are some tiny women driving around in enormous cars?

They don't know their width, some are barely visible over the top of the steering wheel and they're a total hassle.

I've very rarely had a problem with big trucks. I leave them alone and, on the rare occasion that I decide it's safe to get in front of them, a cheery wave or smile with eye contact usually ensures that we share the road amicably and both get on with our days. On many occasions big trucks have actually allowed me to pass or given me extra room when overtaking.

Very rarely I'll come across a total nob but it's far more often that nobs are in transit vans, not enormous behemoths.

I think the difference is that big trucks are often driven my men and women who are used to their size and destructive capability. They're secure in their driving and the trucks are usually huge because they have to be, no other reason.

Women in big cars on the other hand often seem very timid and nervous behind the wheel. They seem to have absolutely no idea just how dangerous their combined tonnes of engine and metal could be when driven badly. Their cars are big because they want to feel 'secure'.

Too bad they scare the crap out of the rest of us.

** I write this secure in the knowledge that my dad drives a transit and is a good driver and my mum drives a people carrier and is also a good driver. Not all of them are bad but the proportion does seem higher than other groups.


  1. School run mums - obviously little Tarquin needs the cushioning protection of a Porsche Cayenne to be driven 20ft up the road and Mummy is usually too busy either doing her lipstick in the rear-view mirror or berating Tarkie for not getting an invite to Sienna and Savanna's fifth birthday party to pay attention to anything as boring as the road in front of her.

  2. They're heavily marketed towards people who are terrified of driving (and therefore drive badly) by being advertised as "safe" or "protective." If your driving is so crap that you need the reassurance that you won't come off worse in a crash, buy one of these.