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to bevery disappointed that only 63% of women can DRIVE!! ffs

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JunoWatt Thu 02-Jun-11 11:52:22

its like saudi arabia here

JBellingham Thu 02-Jun-11 11:52:51

Where is that statistic from?

wolfhound Thu 02-Jun-11 11:53:08

Would love to, but medically not allowed, sorry.

tribpot Thu 02-Jun-11 11:53:53

Do you have a link?

What's the percentage of over-17s as a whole who can drive? How does it break down by age band? It's much more common for women of my grandmother's age not to be able to drive than mine, for example.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Thu 02-Jun-11 11:54:29

what is the % of men hmm I bet it is not 100%.

JunoWatt Thu 02-Jun-11 11:54:30

its from the ministry of transport. and a brillo article in times

i have older stats
lowest ages are under 20(24%) (fair dos)
and over 70s

TandB Thu 02-Jun-11 11:54:35

It is nothing like Saudi Arabia. What a silly thing to say. It is up to an individual woman whether she wants to learn to drive in the UK. In Saudi, it is a state imposed decision.

Sme women might not want to drive, some might not be able to afford it.

JunoWatt Thu 02-Jun-11 11:54:43

men is sodding 83%


RitaMorgan Thu 02-Jun-11 11:55:14

I can't drive. Can't afford a car anyway so why take lessons?

RobynLou Thu 02-Jun-11 11:55:23

why? I live in london, I used to live in cambridge, bikes and public transport have always been fine for me.
we're going on holiday next week by train and bus...

for some there is no need to learn to drive.

JunoWatt Thu 02-Jun-11 11:56:13

i love the "I dont need tos"
i love it = every time

CandyS Thu 02-Jun-11 11:56:18

Hmmm, I hate to sound like an eco-mud hut dwelling yogurt weaver...but me having a car/licence would be wasteful. I can walk everywhere I need to get, failing that public transport.

I don't get what your point is?!

JunoWatt Thu 02-Jun-11 11:56:43

ou arent beholden to anyone
i agree re cost - i learned years ago - brother taught me on parents car

TeddyMcardle Thu 02-Jun-11 11:56:58

Christ I do want to, am saving up for my provional let alone the price of classes!

worraliberty Thu 02-Jun-11 11:57:51

Like there aren't enough lazy people and too many cars on the road already?

Women will get a driving licence if they want to I'm sure. I don't see how or why it bothers your OP? confused

captainbarnacle Thu 02-Jun-11 11:57:53

So what?

I didn't learn to drive until my late 20s and I moved to a rural area and became a parent. I didn't need to drive before then. It says nothing about a woman's role in society.

BelovedCunt Thu 02-Jun-11 11:58:19

even if you can't afford a car, you can afford to hire one on occassion. i agree with juno. my mother doesn't drive and it was a bore then and a worry now.

shakey1500 Thu 02-Jun-11 11:58:31

So?! I have a licence but haven't driven for about 15 years. I am a terrible driver, absolutely shit. Damaged my car more times than i can remember and was, more often than not, the person on the road holding everything up and apologising! That's fine by me. There's not a single thing I enjoy about the experience, I am nervous, incompetent and have zero spacial awareness.

The only time I will drive in the future is in a dire emergency. There's no law against not driving is there??

PatriciatheStripper Thu 02-Jun-11 11:58:35

Agree with tribpot. I would think it's very heavily weighted by the 75+ age band. Does it give the percentages by age?

TandB Thu 02-Jun-11 11:58:35

So people who don't want/need to drive should just get on with it because you think they should? How odd.

BelovedCunt Thu 02-Jun-11 11:59:04

it is a disadvantage for lots of jobs

deliciousdevilwoman Thu 02-Jun-11 12:00:02

I can't drive, don't want to drive, have never had an interest in learning and am completely unapologetic about it! There are cabs and public transport-and my legs and the husband at other times!

shakey1500 Thu 02-Jun-11 12:00:06

"a brillo article in times* <--?

Was it about scrubbing products?

CandyS Thu 02-Jun-11 12:00:19

Juno Even if I learnt to drive, I would always let my DH drive. As he'll always be a much better/more experienced driver.

[pulls up a chair]

GeekCool Thu 02-Jun-11 12:00:34

Surely though statistics would include the fact that more men than women drive lorries/haulage so I would expect the male statistic to be higher.

And no, it's nothing like Saudi Arabia hmm

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