There is no doubt that men and women drive differently. Men are more likely to take risks, while women are more likely to be cautious drivers. But, who ends up in more car accidents? As a matter of fact, it’s men. Men are actually about three times as likely as women to die in car accidents.
So, why are men more likely to get into accidents? There are many possible explanations. Some believe that it has something to do with the way men drive, while others think that it might have something to do with how they handle stress. Some believe that it’s because men are more reckless when driving.
No matter the reason, it’s important for all drivers to be aware of these differences and take steps to stay safe on the roads.
Men vs Women in Car Accidents: The Statistics
Men are more likely to be charged with DUIs, traffic offenses, and are found to be at fault in more car crashes.
They do, however, travel a lot more kilometers than females. Despite the fact that there are over one million more registered female drivers than licensed male drivers, males drive around 40% more miles each year, according to recent research.
Some experts believe that men, particularly those under the age of 25, are more likely to be involved in car accidents because they are more inclined to aggression and impulsiveness.
Let’s have a look at the statistics:
- Men are responsible for 6.1 million fatalities every year, whereas women are responsible for 4.4 million. (National Highway Safety Administration)
- According to the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan, 105.7 million women and 104.3 million males hold driver’s licenses.
- Men drive 16,550 kilometers in general, while women drive 10,142 miles. (Federal Highway Administration)
- As a result, males drive around 1,7312 miles per year, whereas women drive 1,0712 miles per year.
- Men, on average, drive 30 percent more kilometers than females. Despite this, they’re involved in somewhat less than 30% of car crashes. Men do cause more car accidents, but they are, by a small percentage, less in danger than females.
How Men and Women Drive Differently
Here are some ways men and women drive differently:
1. Men Are More Competitive
Competition is natural to many men, which carries over into the car. They are constantly sizing up other drivers on the road, finding themselves drawn towards more aggressive, swerving motorists who take more risks. Perhaps it’s just a perceived sense of security in numbers that makes them behave like this, but it also seems to be a natural alpha male thing to do!
2. Men Have a Worse Reaction to Stress and Adrenaline
One reason male drivers are more competitive is that they’re less controlled by their emotions. This isn’t always a bad thing, but in the heat of the moment, women can keep it together better than men. While you may feel like screaming at another idiot cutting you up on the highway, a woman will likely take a deep breath and proceed with caution.
3. Women Have a More Vivid Imagination
Because women have more of an imagination than men, they tend to find it harder to zone out and ignore their surroundings. They’ll notice what other people on the road are doing and think about what they would do in that situation, which can lead to a hyper-aware form of concentration where you’re constantly plotting courses of action and considering every obstacle.
4. Men Are More Vigilant About Their Surroundings
Only two things exist when you’re driving: your car and everything else! The guy behind could be traveling at 100mph, but if he isn’t on a woman’s radar, he often doesn’t exist. Men tend to have a better system for filtering out distractions and focusing only on what’s important — your car and everything around it, which can affect it somehow.
5. Women Think More About the Actions of Other Drivers
While both genders need to focus on their surroundings while driving, women seem to be much more aware of everyone else’s actions. It could be biological, but it may also be because they are more likely to notice others’ mistakes.
How To Stay Safe on the Road No Matter Who Is Driving
Car accidents are among the leading causes of death in the world. That’s why it is always good to know some safety tips that will keep you safe on the road when traveling with friends or family members. Here are three important ones:
1. Drive at Sensible Speeds
Most speeding tickets happen when cars exceed ten mph over the speed limit, so make sure you obey traffic signs and abide by the speed limits your area sets for roads. To have a stress-free driving experience, stick to these limits, and you will be fine.
2. Don’t Tailgate
If the car in front of you stops suddenly or slows down quickly, don’t follow it too closely (tailgate). Always give yourself enough room. If that means leaving more space between your car and the one ahead, do it. That extra space could save your life.
3. Always Wear Your Seatbelt
Seat belts are designed to keep occupants restrained during impact so they don’t get thrown around or out of the vehicle, often resulting in fatal injuries. It also reduces injury severity if an accident happens, so make sure everyone is laid up before moving off!
The statistics don’t lie, and it’s important to take extra precautions when driving. If you’re a woman, be sure that your seatbelt is snug around the hips or waist, not just across the chest. You should also wear your glasses if you have them on hand while driving.
For men, make sure that any loose clothing doesn’t get caught in the steering wheel if there are sudden movements of the car. It only takes a few seconds to adjust your belt or shirt before getting back on the road again, but those moments could mean life or death!