(April 29, 1948: Cullman AL Banner)
Crosley Doubts Men Are Better Drivers
CINCINNATIAlabama's licensed women drivers, estimated at 100,000, may take comfort from the observation of Powel Crosley, Jr., pioneer manufacturer of lightweight cars, that women are better, safer drivers than men when they're not strictly Sunday drivers.
"In fact, except for the male's greater physical strength and superior
mechanical knowledge, there is little to choose between the sexes in driving ability," Crosley said.
Inherent caution and keen reflexes tend to keep women out of serious trouble and put less wear and tear on the cars they drive. This is particularly true, he said, when the car is light and easily
maneuverable in tight traffic situations.
Crosley cilcd a test now being sponsored by Connecticut safety
officials to determine why the state's 100 worst drivers are that way. Only two of the hundred "eligibles" are women. Even these, he added, are reported as "poor rather than really bad drivers."
Although distaff drivers roll up less mileage than men and are outnumbered by seven to one, according to a current New York State Motor Vehicle area survey, Crosley pointed out that women also are involved in one-seventh of traffic accidents.