My favorite high school teacher, Mr Vargish, told us a story of when he owned a Pinto. He drove in reverse everywhere and people got out of his way. He said he could get across town so much faster in the Pinto than any other car he had owned using that technique!!I am going to earmark this thread as a great example to remind me of how often you really have to take what you read on forums with a huge grain of salt - as a couple other posters noted, so many responses are pure speculation and so many of those are way off base...yet they're posted as though they're fact.
Some anecdotal points...
When I was 16 I drove my parents' Pinto for the summer to my daily job, and after about a month one day the CEL came on while driving. I pulled over to the side of the road, and it went off, so I continued another mile to my workplace. Same thing on the way home - I pulled over and the light went off. Didn't think much of it, but when it repeated this the next day, I decided I should check the oil level when I got home. Sure enough - essentially no oil! I put five quarts in that four banger that only held six, and that engine purred like a cat for at least twenty thousand or more miles before the parents sold it to a Ford tech who checked it out first and said he couldn't believe what great shape it was in!
For the record...I am a male. (who later in life learned all sorts of things mechanical about vehicles)
And then a couple summers ago I had female friend who's husband was away and she needed their 40+ ft fifth wheel towed behind their brand new Chevy pickup down a very steep mountain grade. She was leery it being a new truck and all, and not ever having pulled such a big trailer, so I drove that down the pass and into town - about 45 miles. She drove my Ram pickup with the transfer case rotating knob (circa about 2011) adjacent to the air conditioning control knob, and at some point she put that truck into 4WD and drove down the hill (many turns) and on into town at 65 mph. I was of course worried about the stress of things not slipping (it had a limited slip rear, also) when in 4WD on pavement, but alas, nothing bad happened and the truck ran fine for years after. I did learn that when someone - male or female - was going to drive a vehicle of mine for any distance, I need to give them a quick tutorial on the controls of the specific vehicle if they've never driven that year model before...
OK, now I've helped make this thread even longer! LOL
This is a great post. One of my favorite subjects on YouTube is “Woman Driver Compilations”. Freakin hilarious. I remember my sister in law one time saying “I can’t reverse !”Perhaps I might add that my wife took out her third sideview mirror last week. We moved, and now have a large 2 car garage which we never had. However, it will never be large enough apparently. Back to lessons in how to back out of the driveway. She called her father and he said, oh honey, it was an accident, growing up we didn't have a garage so it's understandable. As long as you weren't hurt!!!!. Hurt???, hitting a side view mirror on the garage pillar. Man, I guess I have to count my blessings that she's otherwise a wonderful loving wife. Those can be very hard to find these days. I think her dad is still pissed that I lied about my age when I met her. LOL.
My wife has also crushed some mirrors over the years. One time she comes into the house and said that the mini van would not back out of the garage. I am like what do you mean, she then explains that she put it in gear, it moved about a foot and then just would not go anywhere no matter how much gas she gave it. I walk out to the garage and she has the kids power wheels quad wedged between the mini van and the garage door opening. The van had a 4cyl motor with 320,000 miles on it and it just wasn't strong enough to rip the power wheels quad in half.This is a great post. One of my favorite subjects on YouTube is “Woman Driver Compilations”. Freakin hilarious. I remember my sister in law one time saying “I can’t reverse !”
With that being said, I would just like to say to all the great woman In our forum and Jeep family that I acknowledge this doesn’t apply to every woman. Most woman drivers are patient and careful.
And send them out for some jack stands!Some of the comments in this thread about women in Jeeps are just plain ignorant. Some folks are still having a 1950s mindset. Here are some pics below to show them that we are in the 21st century in case those folks forgot that. As a father to a 3 year old girl, I can relate to the first pic for sure!