What are middle-aged men good at? Driving!
A commenter recently asked, “what are middle-aged men good at?”
The answer is driving without getting into an injury-causing accident.
Most charts that look at accident rates don’t adjust by the number of miles driven, so they tend to give results that favor women and seniors who drive fewer miles (because it’s the working-age man who drives to work every day, putting himself at risk of injury or death).
However this chart shows us the correct answer, that men aged 40-59 are the safest drivers.
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My interpretation of this chart.
I believe that reflexes and quick thinking peak around the age of 20. However, middle-aged men benefit from accumulated driving experience, as well as being more cautious and more responsible (as in obeying traffic laws, wearing seatbelts, not driving while drunk). These attributes which cause middle-aged men to be safer drivers may be called wisdom.
Past the age of 60, however, reflexes and quick thinking really start to take a nosedive, and therefore driving safety decreases as men age beyond 60. Plus some of the oldest drivers are suffering from early Alzheimer’s disease which may cause them to be less cautious and responsible.
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Self-driving cars will drive more safely than middle-aged men, so in just a few years, this one thing that middle-aged men are good at will become obsolete.