Sunday, 2 July 2017

Women behind the wheels

Whenever there is a car ahead of you, going slowly, it's a woman.
Whenever there is a car parked wrongly, it's a woman.
Whenever the car in front of you is not responding to your flashing headlights, it's a woman.
Whenever a car goes right with a left indicator on, it's a woman.

Everyone talks about how bad a woman is at driving no matter how bad a man is.

When I was studying in class 7, I knew how to drive a car , a gear-less scooter. All I wanted to learn was a geared bike. There was this family friend of our's who said: "It is not easy to ride a geared bike. Bikes are for boys and scooters are for girls."
Those words were very discouraging and I asked my father "Papa, will I not be able to ride a geared bike"? He smiled and said: "That's just his way of thinking, you can do anything you wish to do, just be confident in whatever you do." He trusted me more than I trusted myself.

I guess we all have to trust our daughters, our women with their abilities and not make fun of them. Educate them, tell them when they are wrong.

I agree that men are better drivers than women because they are more confident. They are always perceived to be the best.
That's definitely not the case with women. They might be good or worse but in general, we point out at them which negatively affects their performance.

As a lady driver my request to all the men out there-

  • Please don't let your ego be hurt when you see a female driver overtaking your car or bike. 
  • When that 'bad lady driver' happens to be your friend, correct her and don't laugh at her. Give her a chance to improve. We all know women are very sensitive by nature and they get easily hurt.
  • Encourage women to drive more and more so that they become better drivers. 
  • Be patient and don't drive aggressively when you are stressed out. Take a break else you are more likely to make mistakes.

To all the ladies out there-

  • We all get hurt even by the slightest of gestures. But what is more important while driving is to be confident. Understand traffic rules. In India, more than driving your vehicle you need to also judge the traffic coming in the other direction. 
  • There would be many drivers who will frown at you but do not panic. 
  • Remember that there are all sorts of vehicles such as bullock carts, cycles, rickshaws, cars, buses, trucks on Indian roads so stay alert at all times.
  • Get familiar with your car and be comfortable with it. 
  • Avoid distractions and indulging in deep conversations. 
  • Once you are on the road, it is important to alert the vehicles around you when you are about to turn. 
  • Maintain a considerable distance from other vehicles because the best way is to be a defensive driver. Most importantly don't let your mood swings influence the way you drive. Happy and safe driving !!


  1. Supriyakaliwal@gmail.com2 July 2017 at 11:21

    Ur blog gave me more confidence to continue driving... Thanks rashmi

  2. Nice Blog post Rashmi. Keep writing.