The common stereotype is that women are worse drivers than men, but the truth is statistics point to the opposite. In fact studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that men are actually more dangerous drivers than women. On average, men commit nine times as many traffic offenses as women and are responsible for over 70% of car crash fatalities. There are a few reasons why men are statically more risky drivers, but it starts with the numbers that show men typically drive more miles than women, often engage in more risky driving behaviors, and when getting into accidents they are usually involved in more severe ones than those involving female drivers. Here is a breakdown of the main driving factors that will help explain why women are safer drivers than men.
Women tend to be in more minor accidents, but men tend to be involved in ones where the extent of damage is far more severe. According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a non-profit created by insurance companies to decrease accidents, between 1975 and 2015 twice as many men were involved in fatal car crashes than women.
Crashes involving men are more severe and speeding plays a big part in that. Men usually overestimate how much time can be saved by driving faster while also underestimating minimal safe braking distance. According to the NHTSA, men that are 34 years or younger are twice as likely to die in speeding accidents. Men also statically get 50% more speeding tickets than women.
Men are much more likely to engage in risky behaviors like following too closely, changing lanes more often, not providing safe braking distance, and even less likely to wear a seatbelt. Studies from the IIHS show that men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women and seat belts have been shown to reduce car crash fatalities by as much as 60%. Statistics show that men are also ticketed three and half times more than women for driving recklessly.
Although for the first time in history there are more licensed female drivers than male drivers some of these statistics are skewed because of how much time each gender spends on the road. Men still spend more time driving than women do, about 18% more time behind the wheel. On average men drive around 15,000 miles per year and women only drive around 10,000 miles per year which equates to men driving about one and a half times further as well. All of this time spent driving just provides more opportunities for accidents.
One of the last differences and a big factor in why men usually pay more for insurance is because women are more likely than males to purchase smaller, safer, and more fuel-efficient vehicles. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to purchase more powerful vehicles that provide less protection and encourage reckless driving behavior. These types of cars are designed to reduce all the cues that indicate you are speeding, such as wind or engine noise, increasing the likelihood the driver will feel comfortable to speed.
While the statistics are changing every year and women are spending more time on the road the numbers clearly show that women are the safer driver who engages in less risky driving behavior and gets into fewer fatal accidents than men. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it’s important to reach out to a competent Georgia car accident attorney like the ones at Kaufman Law. You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation for your injuries and an attorney can help guide you to the best course of action. Contact us here.