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Excuse Me: How Men and Women Differ in Dealing with Traffic Cops

| by Lauren Schiff
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Roadside cops constantly encounter bogus excuses from drivers who break traffic laws.  Naturally, there are hundreds of ways people try to slip under the radar. What is interesting, however, is an examination of the different excuses utilized by men vs. women.

Insurance.com created a study where they ranked the most commonly-used traffic ticket duck-outs.  The following is a list of the most common excuses in order of popularity, and then broken down according to gender:

I couldn’t see the sign telling me not to do it: 20.4%

Men: 38%

Women: 62%

I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads: 15.6%

Men: 35%

Women: 65%

I didn’t know it was broken (as in headlight or taillight): 12.4%

Men: 39%

Women: 61%

Everyone else was doing the same thing: 6.4%

Men: 56%

Women: 44%

I’m having an emergency situation in my car (i.e., spilled hot drink in lap): 5.4%

Men: 67%

Women: 33%

I missed my turn/exit: 4.8%

Men: 54%

Women: 46%

I had to go to the bathroom: 4.6%

Men: 35%

Women: 65%

I didn’t do anything dangerous: 4.2%

Men: 71%

Women: 29%

I was on my way to an emergency: 4%

Men: 55%

Women: 45%

My GPS said it was the right thing to do: 2.2%

Men: 82%

Women: 18%

I’m just helping out; I wasn’t even supposed to be driving: 2%

Men: 90%

Women: 10%

Source: Insurance.com