Sara Hussein, 32, says it’s time to claim the right to drive. ”Think back in history — Rosa Parks was the only person who sat down on the bus, wasn’t she? And then it started to happen gradually,” Hussein says. “It does have to start with the few brave people who are willing to risk whatever there is to risk.” Hussein’s mother, Aziza al-Yousef, who is in her 50s and teaches computer science at King Saud University, is a key organizer of the drive-in. Activists set Saturday as a date for a national road rally, but also encouraged women to just get behind the wheel any time.
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1. It fills me with happiness that Rosa Parks’ legacy is filtering out to defeat tyranny in countries far away. That is absolutely what I love to think about when I consider my country.
2. I’m reading this book Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill which is about “the deterioration of American legal standards and a profound concern about the effects of killing of thousands of people, many of them children and others who died for having the bad luck to be near a US target.” In all the ways that I am inspired by women in Saudi Arabia who have held the dreams of Rosa Parks in their hearts I am horrified by the way my government has routinely tortured people in Egypt. I do not like to think about that.
3. Back to the subject at hand, ceteris paribus women are actually much better drivers than men. The medical term for this is “testosterone poisoning” but here’s a more thorough explanation from esurance:
Gender and driving stats
Gender is one of many factors your insurer takes into account when calculating your premium. But why is it a factor? In addition to the fact that women drive less than men, accident and DUI statistics consistently reflect that male drivers, on the whole, take more driving risks than their female counterparts. And insurance companies price policies, in part, by predicting risk.
There are 3 main categories that suggest women are safer drivers than men: accidents, speeding, and DUI convictions.
Women are less likely than men to get into a car accident, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which means insurers are less likely to have to pay claims for their female customers. And because men are about 10 percent less likely to wear a seat belt, they arguably face a greater risk of serious injury that results in higher medical expenses.
Since driving records are a major pricing factor, a safe-driving history typically translates into lower rates (for both genders).
Speeding tickets by gender
Speeding tickets indicate risky driving and a higher possibility of causing accidents, so having several on your driving record can lead to higher premiums. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that in fatal accidents, speeding was more likely to be a factor for men (24 percent) than for women (15 percent).
DUIs by gender
DUIs and other impaired driving convictions strongly affect your insurance premiums. The FBI reported that 716,398 men were arrested for DUIs compared to 221,778 women in 2010. California’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs estimated that premiums can increase by as much as $2,700 after a DUI conviction.
The type of car you drive also affects your car insurance rate, and men may be more likely to choose models that are pricier to insure. Insurers consider the safety ratings and claim history of the makes and models you drive, so the safer the car has been historically, the less you can expect to pay to insure it.
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