The Beijing police have released a fantastic article entitled ‘Women Drivers Please Take Care to Avoid These Risks,’ that somehow reads like a perfect parody of itself. If this author were to write an Onion-style police brochure, it may include something like “Women drivers are prone to panic after an accident. They usually draw a complete mental blank, providing opportunities for criminals,” and oh hey, that’s exactly what that official document says.
The folks over at the Sinosphere NYTimes blog have translated swaths of the lovely public notice, and it reads as follows:
Lacking a sense of direction is only one of the six shortcomings of women drivers, according to the Beijing police. The others are panicking after an accident, wearing high heels while driving, leaving the hand brake on, struggling to control the brake and accelerator pedals, and “always forgetting to switch gears.” […]
“On their own,” some women “can’t even find places they’ve been to multiple times,” reads the section under “lacking a sense of direction.”
The police also try to explain the complex inner-workings of the modern automobile.
“When the hand brake is left on, the car uses up more energy trying to move forward. This greatly increases gas consumption,” it says under “forgetting to release the hand brake.” […]
“Women drivers are prone to panic after an accident. They usually draw a complete mental blank, providing opportunities for criminals,” the police warn.
In the other incident, a woman rammed her car into the back of a truck at a red light because her high heel got stuck between the pedals.
All things considered, a strong argument could be made that this entire country needs a bit of traffic school, men and women alike.