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0 Comments | Jun 06, 2018

Men Vs Women Drivers: An Update

Custom Speed Limit Sign by SafetySign.comIn 2011 we wrote a blog post that acknowledged women drivers were safer than men. This likely led to collective rejoice as women were able to declare themselves the superior drivers. Several years later though, it appears that the tables have turned and men are now safer than their counterparts. The margin may be small, but it is a margin nonetheless.

Still, the victory isn’t as clear cut as men across the US would hope. Male drivers get more DUIs, violations from ignoring Traffic Signs, and are responsible for a larger portion of car accidents. You might be asking yourself, how’s it possible that men are safer behind the wheel if they cause more accidents? When taken at face value, it appears that women are better drivers. However, it must be taken into consideration that, on average, men drive over 6,000 more miles per year than women. In 2017, men drove roughly 16,550 miles and women drove 10,142 miles.

According to the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration, men cause 6.1 million accidents per year and women cause 4.4 million per year. If we do the math we find that men drive more than 30 percent more miles than women; however, they’re the cause of slightly less than 30 percent of car accidents. These figures even take male teenage drivers into consideration and they’re notoriously bad drivers.

There you have it. Men are, per mile driven, safer drivers than women. Thus the never ending war continues to wage.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/gender

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/bar8.htm