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22nd Jun '18 6:19:52 AM jormis29
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* In the sci-fi sitcom ''Come Back Mrs Noah'', one of the BridgeBunnies pilots the rescue rocket sent to retrieve the title character, only to miss their launch window because she [[RuleOfFunny floods the engine]].

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* In the sci-fi sitcom ''Come Back Mrs Noah'', ''Series/ComeBackMrsNoah'', one of the BridgeBunnies pilots the rescue rocket sent to retrieve the title character, only to miss their launch window because she [[RuleOfFunny floods the engine]].
19th Jun '18 8:12:12 PM JMQwilleran
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* In the ''Literature/CormoranStrikeNovels'', Strike is biased against them due to several past bad experiences and knows it. He reluctantly allows his partner Robin to drive him in ''The Cuckoo's Calling'' and is surprised but pleased to have his biases challenged when Robin turns to be a hypercompetent driver who has taken advanced driving courses.
20th May '18 9:48:54 AM nombretomado
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* For all the [[{{Pun}} stick]] they give to [[AcceptableLifestyleTargets some people]], and despite their TestosteronePoisoning personae, the hosts of ''Series/TopGear'' never have a bad word to say about women drivers. In fact, they even had racing driver Sabine Schmitz coaching Jeremy Clarkson (in a Jaguar) round the Nurburgring, and then trouncing his lap time. Then in a later episode nearly beating his time in a ''Ford Transit van''. Having guest stars like Jennifer Saunders, Billie Piper, Jodie Kidd, and yachtswomen Ellen [=McArthur=] (who set the fastest lap in the old car) drive the Reasonably-Priced Car round the track quite rapidly also subverts this one rather nicely.

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* For all the [[{{Pun}} stick]] they give to [[AcceptableLifestyleTargets some people]], and despite their TestosteronePoisoning personae, the hosts of ''Series/TopGear'' ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'' never have a bad word to say about women drivers. In fact, they even had racing driver Sabine Schmitz coaching Jeremy Clarkson (in a Jaguar) round the Nurburgring, and then trouncing his lap time. Then in a later episode nearly beating his time in a ''Ford Transit van''. Having guest stars like Jennifer Saunders, Billie Piper, Jodie Kidd, and yachtswomen Ellen [=McArthur=] (who set the fastest lap in the old car) drive the Reasonably-Priced Car round the track quite rapidly also subverts this one rather nicely.



* ''Series/TopGear'''s rival shot ''Series/FifthGear'' has Vicki Butler-Henderson (who also used to be a presenter on the old version of ''Top Gear'') happily averting this trope.

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* ''Series/TopGear'''s ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'''s rival shot ''Series/FifthGear'' has Vicki Butler-Henderson (who also used to be a presenter on the old version of ''Top Gear'') happily averting this trope.



* On one episode of TopGear ([[ClueFromEd Series 5, Episode 6]]), a relative unknown by the name of Billy Baxter asked to take a power lap in the Suzuki Liana. As Jeremy Clarkson explained, many, many people have so asked, but they answered this one because the guy was literally ''totally blind'' ... but still thought he could beat Richard Whitley's lap time. Long story short: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he did]] - in fact, he beat Terry Wogan's time as well. ...and half the places where the video is published or linked online say, "Blind Man Beats Woman Driver", despite neither of those men ''being'' women.

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* On one episode of TopGear ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'' ([[ClueFromEd Series 5, Episode 6]]), a relative unknown by the name of Billy Baxter asked to take a power lap in the Suzuki Liana. As Jeremy Clarkson explained, many, many people have so asked, but they answered this one because the guy was literally ''totally blind'' ... but still thought he could beat Richard Whitley's lap time. Long story short: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he did]] - in fact, he beat Terry Wogan's time as well. ...and half the places where the video is published or linked online say, "Blind Man Beats Woman Driver", despite neither of those men ''being'' women.
9th Apr '18 9:12:15 AM Bisected8
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* Similarly, Yukari from ''Manga/FamilyCompo'' is a [[{{Transsexual}} transgender]] {{housewife}} who has a driver's license but hasn't actually been behind the wheel in fifteen years. On the one occasion when she does take the car out, she winds up driving against traffic and ''jumping a barrier'' to get onto the right side of the road.

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* Similarly, Yukari from ''Manga/FamilyCompo'' is a [[{{Transsexual}} transgender]] {{Transgender}} {{housewife}} who has a driver's license but hasn't actually been behind the wheel in fifteen years. On the one occasion when she does take the car out, she winds up driving against traffic and ''jumping a barrier'' to get onto the right side of the road.
14th Mar '18 3:44:10 PM DaibhidC
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* Jeremy Hardy on ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'' and ''Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation'' sometimes takes on the persona of a patronising sexist twit, with the joke being intended to be at the expense of sexist twits (key sign: putting on a posh voice and referring to "the <i>la</i>dies" or "women of the opposite gender"). Quite common in these routines are references to women putting on their makeup in the rear view mirror, or leaving the shopping on the car roof.

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* Jeremy Hardy on ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'' and ''Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation'' sometimes takes on the persona of a patronising sexist twit, with the joke being intended to be at the expense of sexist twits (key sign: putting on a posh voice and referring to "the <i>la</i>dies" ''la''dies" or "women of the opposite gender"). Quite common in these routines are references to women putting on their makeup in the rear view mirror, or leaving the shopping on the car roof.
4th Mar '18 9:59:14 PM Pichu-kun
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** Allstate's latest commercial defies this trope. It features a woman rubbing the fact that she got a safe-driving bonus check from Allstate in the face of her male companion after he tries to claim that men are better drivers (with the implication that he isn't a good enough driver to receive one).

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** One of Allstate's latest commercial defies this trope. It features a woman rubbing the fact that she got a safe-driving bonus check from Allstate in the face of her male companion after he tries to claim that men are better drivers (with the implication that he isn't a good enough driver to receive one).



* In ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku,'' Kyoko has a license but hasn't been behind the wheel in years. As Shun puts it when asked to ride shotgun, 'Nothing would make me happier than to die at your hands.'
** She would have had very professional instruction, but has no seat time without an instructor (in Japanese slang a "paper driver"). Interestingly, her Niece says that she "Drove like a man, and passed lots of cars."
* Similarly, Yukari from ''Manga/FamilyCompo'' is a [[{{Transsexual}} transgender]] housewife who has a driver's license but hasn't actually been behind the wheel in fifteen years. On the one occasion when she does take the car out, she winds up driving against traffic and ''jumping a barrier'' to get onto the right side of the road.

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* In ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku,'' Kyoko has a license but hasn't been behind the wheel in years. As Shun puts it when asked to ride shotgun, 'Nothing would make me happier than to die at your hands.'
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' She would have had very professional instruction, but has no seat time without an instructor (in Japanese slang a "paper driver"). Interestingly, her Niece says that she "Drove like a man, and passed lots of cars."
* Similarly, Yukari from ''Manga/FamilyCompo'' is a [[{{Transsexual}} transgender]] housewife {{housewife}} who has a driver's license but hasn't actually been behind the wheel in fifteen years. On the one occasion when she does take the car out, she winds up driving against traffic and ''jumping a barrier'' to get onto the right side of the road.



* A frequent, frequent, frequent punchline to Franchise/ArchieComics circa 1960. Arch was always afraid of lending [[TheAllegedCar Ol' Betsy]] out to Betty, for fear that she'd "drive like a woman" and somehow destroy it (more). Particularly funny considering Betty [[CharacterizationMarchesOn eventually evolved]] into a WrenchWench and one of the only people who could successfully get Betsy running.

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* A frequent, frequent, frequent punchline to Franchise/ArchieComics ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' circa 1960. Arch was always afraid of lending [[TheAllegedCar Ol' Betsy]] out to Betty, for fear that she'd "drive like a woman" and somehow destroy it (more). Particularly funny considering Betty [[CharacterizationMarchesOn eventually evolved]] into a WrenchWench and one of the only people who could successfully get Betsy running.



* Definitely averted (or subverted?) in 1914 silent ''Mabel at the Wheel'', starring Mabel Normand, who stands in for her boyfriend in a car race after he gets kidnapped by the villain (unusually played by Creator/CharlieChaplin)- and, despite his attempts to thwart her at every turn, wins.

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* Definitely averted (or subverted?) in 1914 silent ''Mabel at the Wheel'', starring Mabel Normand, Creator/MabelNormand, who stands in for her boyfriend in a car race after he gets kidnapped by the villain (unusually played by Creator/CharlieChaplin)- and, despite his attempts to thwart her at every turn, wins.
4th Mar '18 12:33:46 AM MrInitialMan
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* Completely averted in an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFvj6RQOLtM advert for synchromesh]] way back in ''1936''. To show how much easier this new technology made shifting, their featured driver was a woman.
2nd Jan '18 8:25:56 AM narm00
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** Sure enough it's the cliffhanger ending to "Twice Upon A Time". The newly regenerated Doctor presses a single button, causes an immediate error message and StuffBlowingUp and finds herself ThrownOutTheAirlock, watching a fire-wreathed TARDIS dematerializing before her horrified eyes as she's falling to her death. Then again maybe that's [[ThirteenIsUnlucky just because she's the Thirteen Doctor]].

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** Sure enough it's In the cliffhanger ending to "Twice Upon A Time". The Time", the newly regenerated Doctor Thirteen presses a single button, causes an immediate error message and StuffBlowingUp and finds herself ThrownOutTheAirlock, watching a fire-wreathed TARDIS dematerializing before her horrified eyes as she's falling to her death. Then again maybe that's [[ThirteenIsUnlucky just because she's This's entirely in keeping with what her predecessors did post-regeneration; Ten had the Thirteen Doctor]].TARDIS bouncing around a council estate like a pinball, Eleven started out in a TARDIS that was on fire and crashing, and nearly pitched himself out mid-air over London, and Twelve got the TARDIS swallowed by a dinosaur!
30th Dec '17 1:22:45 AM JackG
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** Sure enough it's the cliffhanger ending to "Twice Upon A Time". The newly regenerated Doctor presses a single button, causes an immediate error message and StuffBlowingUp and finds herself ThrownOutTheAirlock, watching a fire-wreathed TARDIS dematerializing before her horrified eyes as she's falling to her death. Then again maybe that's [[ThirteenIsUnlucky just because she's the Thirteen Doctor]].
25th Dec '17 4:12:01 AM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Exploited by Mortadelo. One trick he has pulled once or twice to shake off pursuers in a car chase consists in disguising as a woman, then [[BatmanGambit using blinkers properly]].

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* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'':
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Exploited by Mortadelo. One trick he has pulled once or twice to shake off pursuers in a car chase consists in disguising as a woman, then [[BatmanGambit using blinkers properly]].properly]].
** "¡El carnet al punto!" shows that Ofelia is a terrible driver, going so far off the road that she ends up driving ''on the city roofs''.
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