The Studio 10 presenters aren’t ones to shy away from airing their opinions on live TV, and Angela Bishop left her colleagues in stitches on Tuesday’s show after issuing a cheeky comeback to those who suggested men were better drivers than women.
The panel, which also included Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand and Richard Reid, were discussing the much-debated topic before things got a little heated, much to their amusement.
“Not only are we less likely to speed, but we’re also better at driving in the dark,” Sarah said, as she cited a recent study which claimed women are better drivers than men.
However, it didn’t take long for the men on the panel to disagree, with Joe saying: “Is this because you drive with your eyes close?”
Meanwhile, Richard added: “Does this include parallel parking because if that’s the case … no way.”
Never one to hold back, Angela hit back with a suggestive comeback, stating, “Maybe we misjudge those distances between the cars because we keep getting told this is six inches,” indicating a short length with her hands.
As the panel erupted in laughter, Sarah said: “On that happy note, we’re going to go on a break!”
The data — recorded between January 2017 and December 2018 — found that men are almost twice as likely (46 per cent) to speed than women, a figure which bumps up to 55 per cent when looking at the younger age group (17 to 25).
Women are also safer when it comes to driving at night. The research showed that driving at night is significantly more dangerous, and that young men drive 28 per cent more than women during these hours.
Meanwhile, a previous study, published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information, found that young male drivers were the most at risk of being distracted by mobile phones, car radios, or similar while driving, while older, female drivers were least at risk of doing so. People who drove regularly, and those with “more neurotic and less conscientious” personalities were also at greater risk of distraction.
The study undertaken by Norway’s Institute of Transport Economics looked at two sample groups — more than 1,000 high school students (though only 208 possessed a driver’s license) and 414 people selected from the general population — and the rates at which their focus on the road could be distracted.