Despite the fact that less than 10 per cent of road accidents are caused by women drivers...
Despite the fact that less than 10 per cent of road accidents are caused by women drivers, they are nevertheless on the increase, according to a study conducted by the Research and Studies Department at Dubai Police.
The study contributed the increasing rate to social, economic, and physiological factors. High on the list are the economic and social pressures and responsibilities on women, which cause lack of concentration and confusion.
According to the study, the increasing number of accidents caused by women drivers is mainly linked to the fact that more and more women in the UAE are driving as a result of social changes and women's liberation.
Women also suffer from certain stresses during their menstrual cycle which sometimes causes them to lose control of their vehicle.
The study said that most of the accidents caused by women are the result of careless driving, not paying attention to other road users, and jumping red lights.
According to the study, most of the female drivers involved in road accidents were housewives rather than working women, and a large number of accidents have reportedly been caused by Europeans.
The number of accidents caused by women drivers here is generally low compared with other countries, which is linked to the country's social traditions and customs that impose some restriction over women's movements, the study pointed out.