Honda Thinks Woman Drivers Need "Extra Help"

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

Reuters reports Honda has published a driver's guide for women in Japan that includes info on, among other things, how to pump their own gas, how to safely transport the kids, how to park, and advice for aging female drivers. Honda says the pamphlet "erases all your fears about driving." When asked if this meant Honda thinks women are worse drivers than men, the company's PR flack replied "We don't think so. There are some specific cases of women drivers, and we focus on those cases." There are specific cases of men who drive like idiots too, but HoMoCo doesn't seemed all that bothered about that, now do they? It makes us wonder if Honda will be introducing an Accord La Femme.

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  • Eric_Stepans Eric_Stepans on Mar 13, 2008

    For those who wish to 'check Danica's oil', here's your link: Enjoy!...;-D...

  • Scott Baysinger Scott Baysinger on Mar 13, 2008

    Actually my better half reminds me when her car is due for an oil change. I do the dirty work, but she pours the fresh oil. Indeed, that's a great picture of Danica. I look forward to her first victory.

  • Nick Nick on Mar 13, 2008

    As much as I try to steer clear of generalizations based on gender, I've never met a women yet who could change a tire.

  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Mar 13, 2008

    If women are generally worse than men about taking care of cars, dealign with car related stuff, and driving, it's because they are socialized that way. I have at least one female friend who is an accomplished mechanic, and my little sister (who I taught to drive) has never had a problem dealing with cars. I will certainly echo what jd arms says, above, about Japanese culture and women. Although I hear that's changing, too. I had a girlfriend almost 20 years ago, when I had my '77 Corolla. I said to hear, "One of the cool things about these old Toyotas is that you can shift without using the clutch," pretending it was strictly an obscure old Toyota thing. She tried it on her old Toyota--successfully.