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According to new studies conducted in America, 73 percent of women feel an emotional connect to their car, 70 percent said they could fix their own car while 50 percent said that they could jumpstart a car on their own. The studies also revealed that 32 percent of the women claimed to know how to drive a car with a manual gearbox.
Feminism and women's empowerment today is at a height it has never reached before. There were a few women in the past who made history by doing a few things they were told they cannot. Today, there are women doing things that women in the past could only dream of.
Way back in 1932, Amelia Earhardt became the first woman to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. Today, there are several women who fly large commercial airliners across the Atlantic every single day.
In 1958, Maria Teresa De Filippis entered the world of Formula One and today we see many more women taking part in different categories of car and motorcycle racing and excelling at it. In-fact these women are faster around a track than most men are. When it comes to history-making women in the automotive world, the list would be incomplete without Bertha Benz.
We all know that Karl Benz was the inventor of the automobile, but he was not the first one to drive his automobile over a long distance. On 05 August, 1888, Bertha Benz drove the automobile her husband had created from Mannheim to Pforzheim - a distance of 106 kilometres - and created history.
So it should be of no surprise to people when they hear that 32 percent of women in America think they can drive a car with a manual-gearbox. However, this differs when it comes to India and a few other countries.
Most cars in America are driven by automatic transmissions. Manual gearboxes are far too less in number and hence, anyone who drives would mostly drive an automatic car. Hence, the face that 32 percent of the women could use a manual transmission comes as a surprise to americans.
In India though, if one has to learn driving, it will in all probability be a manual gearbox. Automatic gearboxes are growing in number out here in India thanks to the introduction of AMT gearboxes. However it will still take a lot of time for the Indian market to reach a spot where one can write about the number of women who can drive a car with a manual gearbox.
Thankfully though, we can say that almost all women in India who drive, can drive a car with a manual gearbox. However, the women who drive make up for only around 13 percent of all motorists across India and that is still a sad number to comprehend.
This is where the results from the study in America and the conditions in India match. Women face constant discouragement from men and women when it comes to driving, be it from men they know or from those on the road. One could also sometimes find that women refuse to board a cab driven by another woman and this shows the distrust that people generally have when it comes to allowing a woman to drive.
Thoughts On Statistics Of Women Drivers In America & India
In international markets, insurance premiums for cars driven by women are found to be lesser than that for cars driven by men of the same calibre. This is because the insurance companies' data reveals that women are much safer drivers. Women do not need encouragement to drive well, they just need to stop being discouraged by other women and men, be it someone they know or a stranger.