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Are Women Worse Drivers Than Men?

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 10 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
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The debate as to whether women are worse drivers than men has fuelled many a discussion, both comical and serious. Despite the debate, the question still remains - are women really worse drivers than men? There have been a lot of studies conducted with regards to gender and driving and the main issue appears to be that these studies suggest a lot of variables, but rarely come up with a significant straight response.

What do Statistics Say About Women Drivers?

As with any debate, being able to quantify an argument can often give added weight to it. This is similar when it comes to looking at whether women are better drivers than men. There are however a number of issues within the safe driving arena related to studies that use only statistics to put forward their argument. For example, whilst statistically many studies suggest women are involved in more minor accidents, men are over three times more likely to be killed in car accidents due to negligent driving.
The suggestion here is that men are more likely to take risks when driving and this risk factor leads to accidents. When thinking about which of the sexes reigns supreme when it comes to driving, it's important to really consider that ultimately, good driving may be down to the individual and not their gender. Statistics have a long way to go to be able to prove once and for all that women are worse drivers than men, or indeed better.

Road Usage and the Driving Debate

One reason that many say men are involved in more accidents is that some studies suggest men drive more than women overall, so therefore of course their accident numbers would be higher. With variables such as these, it is difficult to come to a clear understanding of the situation. Another important factor in which gender is really the worse driver is age. Many studies suggest young male drivers statistically are involved in more crashes than young female drivers, though this changes to become more evened out as young drivers hit 30+. Often, young male drivers bow to peer pressure or the belief that they're invincible which can lead to them being more willing to take chances on the road.

How do Insurance Companies View Different Genders?

Insurance companies generally see women as a safer risk on the road, because statistically they are less likely to be involved in accidents that will cost them money. Due to women being more likely to be involved in minor, rather than major accidents, insurance companies are more willing to offer them better deals. If we were to use this example only, clearly the answer would be that women drive more safely than men.
Again however, there are so many studies undertaken and so many counter variables that one could argue either side. Statistically however it seems that up to 65% of young drivers involved in serious traffic accidents are male, and death levels in many countries reflect a similar finding. Ironically despite the ongoing joke that men believe they are better drivers than women, many surveys do suggest that men themselves find other males are worse drivers than women (at least according to statistics garnered from responses given by male drivers about other male drivers).

Are Women Worse Drivers Than Men?

It would appear that statistics do suggest men are worse drivers than women, however there are so many variables involved in coming to such conclusions that these would ALL need to be considered to come to a fair conclusion. You may suggest men cause / are involved in more fatal accidents than women, but men drive more on average and are known to take more risks. Women too are known statistically for non-risk taking behaviours, so women for example are more likely to never drive under the influence, to always wear their seatbelts and to stick to the speed limit. If we take all of this into account common sense would dictate men will obviously have more fatal accidents based on these behaviours alone.

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