Do Gender Differences in Driving REALLY Exist?

Do Gender Differences in Driving REALLY Exist?
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How many times a week do we hear “women are bad drivers” or that “men are more likely to be in accidents?” Let’s face it, there’s a truckload of gender stereotypes surrounding driving habits. But, how much truth do these hold?

Let’s look at the facts instead of perpetuating these driving myths. And it might not be an issue of skill, but an issue between personality differences that really account for the large variation between driving habits. However, there’s enough research conducted by insurance companies and other researchers that we are kind of able to draw some pretty blatant conclusions.

The Social Issues Research Centre actually prepared an analysis of the social and psychological differences between men and women and how it alters their behavior behind the wheel more than a decade ago. We can argue about the reasons all day long but scienficially it’s been proven that the hormones and psychological tenancies that naturally from masculine to feminine drivers, can really affect the likelihood of accidents, traffic violations, and injuries on the road.

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Here’s some actual facts regarding driving habits for men:

  • Males are significantly more at risk for a crash than women in a wide range of countries
  • Competence levels are not necessarily the reasoning between accidents & insurance claim differences in drivers
  • Men (especially younger men) seem to act more aggressively than their female counterparts, this encourages more competitive behavior and therefore, higher chances of crashing.
  • Men are more “sensation-seeking” and more risk-taking
  • Men are more likely to have accidents
  • Men are more likely to have their first accident early on in their driving career
  • Men are more likely to have accidents that occur on sharp turns, overturning, or at night
  • Men are more likely to be blamed for accidents than women
  • Male drivers have accounted for 71% of all driver deaths since the 70’s

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Now let’s place some focus on the ladies behind the wheel:

  • The desire for more deviant behavior such as speeding, drunk-driving, violation of traffic regulations, etc. are more prevalent in females
  • Women are more likely to have crashes because of perceptual judgement errors as opposed to risky driving
  • Women are half as likely to have accidents than men (per 1,000) drivers
  • Women are more likely to evaluate traffic laws in a positive light
  • Women pay 9% less for auto insurance than men
  • Women are way less likely to get speeding tickets, DUIs, and other traffic violations
  • 48% of women are more likely to use a cell phone while driving
  • 1/5 of females admit to putting on makeup while driving

All and all….young male drivers are more likely to cause road deaths than any other drivers:

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However, it’s not just road deaths that cause more young men to get into some unsavory situations. Risk taking causes more men to also die from drowning, falls, and other events.


Why gender doesn’t actually affect driving skill:

  • Young women have seen increases in accidents from smartphone, mp3 player, and other distractions while driving in recent years
  • Women tend to drive less than men so they are less likely to have accidents
  • Men and women can both be terrible drivers—just sometimes in different ways



Author: Hit The Road Jack

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