I have been hearing the term ‘ lady drivers’ for God Knows how long. Not just after I started driving, but much before that. So much so that I used think ladies are indeed bad when it comes to road sense.
India being a patriarchal society that it is, driving used to be considered a man’s forte. Things changed for better and more and more girls started to get behind the wheels. In a city like Delhi, you will find a number of ladies driving on the roads, on the highways and everywhere. Yet, I feel there is some bias from the male counterparts.
For Eg: The other day I was driving on a very busy road. The signal in one of the crossroads wasn’t working and there were many people waiting to take a U turn, right turn etc. They were patiently waiting for the straight road ( where I was driving) traffic to ease up before taking the turn. However, when they saw me approaching the junction they started barging in. There was almost no space between my car and the car in front me yet these people wanted to squeeze in between expecting me to stop and let them go!
Not jut this, the people who are waiting to cross the road also decide to do that conveniently when they see a lady driver approaching. How weird is that?
I can quote many such incidents. All I am trying to say is driving is an art, a neutral art. It does not matter if you are a girl or boy . Its all about the finesse, the ease, the confidence and the experience of the person driving.
I have seen many meme’s, youtube videos making fun of lady drivers. But why just us? In a tight parking spot the odds of parking is the same for both men and women so long as they are confident and experienced in doing so. Let me tell you that in my one year of driving in Delhi traffic, I have found as many men screwing up on roads as women. Anyways, there some jokes which will continue to troll however irrational they may be.
I have been thinking of writing about this for so long but the topic somehow got skipped from my mind. Yesterday, I went to pick up S from his friend’s house. Normally, I allow him to drive when he is around because its no fun driving in Delhi traffic. But last night I decided to drive myself rather than getting out and change seats in the cold. It was a long day at work for both of us so we were having some nice romantic conversation (The usual I missed you types!) to lighten thestress. I had cooked some nice dinner and was in a very nice mood.
We were almost nearing our society complex, when a white car started drifting towards mine. Immediately S shouted, “Watch out, its a lady driver”!!!
What started as a romantic conversation turned into a 15 minute lecture on….you know about what, right?