Playing With / Women Drivers

Basic Trope: Women do not drive well.
  • Straight: Alice is a terrible driver who has no respect for the rules of the road.
  • Exaggerated: When Alice is on the road, a state of national emergency is declared.
  • Downplayed: Alice isn't a bad driver, but she has trouble with refined techniques such as reverse parking.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has no experience driving.
    • Alice is drunk.
    • Alice is a Funny Foreigner who learned to drive in her home country which has different roads and standards.
    • Alice lives in a barely-reformed former No Woman's Land where women were formerly banned from driving; chauvanistic male instructors don't bother to train women drivers properly since they don't see why they should, whilst examiners are under government pressure to pass as many women as possible in order to look good internationally and so lower the bar for passing tests.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob is terrified of driving with Alice, but it's just his prejudice showing through; she drives perfectly well,
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Alice somehow rammed her car into a satellite thus causing a chain of events that ultimately results in a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Zig Zagged: Male drivers are no better - on average. However, there are a few good male drivers - but the absolute best driver in the world is a female.
  • Averted: Gender is not a determinant of driving skill.
  • Enforced: It's a sitcom playing on gender stereotypes, and this one would be conspicuous by its absence.
  • Lampshaded: "How about those wacky woman drivers, eh?"
  • Invoked: The People's Republic of Tyranny makes it illegal to teach women to drive, so when in an emergency a woman must drive, she tends to be very bad at it.
  • Exploited: Alice takes advantage of her reputation as a poor driver to convince Bob to chauffeur her around.
  • Defied: After Alice is old enough to start taking driving lessons, she takes them under a former F1 Racer, over the course of a year or two.
  • Discussed: "Alice is driving? Better wear a seatbelt..."
  • Conversed: "You can tell this is an old sitcom by all the women drivers jokes."


Be careful on the road and be sure you watch out for those Women Drivers!
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