Female Driving Experience: Statistics
Five statistics on female drivers and how they compare to male drivers include female drivers causing 4.4 million car collisions compared to 6.1 million for men. There is also a 12% likelihood of a woman falling asleep while driving, compared to 22% of men. More women drivers, around 11%, are distracted with risky activities like grooming compared to 4.7% of men, and crashes involving female drivers are less severe and was 53% higher for male drivers. Detailed information is in the next section.
FEMALE DRIVERS CAUSE FEWER CAR CRASHES
- According to the National Highway Safety Administration in the US, women cause 4.4 million car crashes per year compared to men's 6.1 million collisions. As a result, insurance companies tend to charge men, especially those under 25, higher for car insurance. In fact, according to a study by CBS News, a man is likely to pay $15,000 more for his car insurance than a woman in his lifetime.
- Also, men under 25, who are more likely to drive aggressively and under the influence of alcohol and drugs, make the largest percentage of accidents caused by men. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 71% of all car crash deaths in 2017 were males. "Although the gap has reduced, nearly every year from 1975 to 2017, the number of female crash deaths was less than half that of male crash deaths."
FEWER FEMALE DRIVERS FALL ASLEEP WHILE DRIVING
- The National Sleep Foundation states that there is a 12% likelihood of a woman falling asleep while driving, compared to 22% of men who are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel of their vehicles. This could be one of the reasons why fewer women aged 16 to 29 have fatal crashes than men in the same age group. Studies have put these differences down to men driving longer distances than women, and engaging in risky practices, such as drinking alcohol and driving.
- Fatigue is often quoted as one cause of vehicle crashes. According to a survey from Finder.com, fewer women, around 17%, said that they drive while fatigued compared to a higher number of men, around 19%.
FEMALE DRIVERS ARE LESS CONFIDENT THAN MALE DRIVERS
- A University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) study found that women are less confident when driving compared to men.
- The study also explored the relationship between new drivers and different variables, such as gender, and found that female student drivers were less confident drivers than men. However, the study revealed that both genders got the same score from their driving instructors.
- Although women are less confident than men when driving, "they are more likely to concentrate on their driving than men, with 42.8% of women drivers saying they don't get distracted behind the wheel, compared to 38.4% of men".
FEMALE DRIVERS ARE DISTRACTED WITH GROOMING
- A survey by Finder found that around one in ten drivers admitted to fixing their appearance while diving. However, more women, around 11%, said that they were distracted with other risky activities like grooming compared to 4.7% of men. The report found that 138 million American adults admitted to driving while distracted.
CAR COLLISIONS INVOLVING FEMALE DRIVERS ARE LESS SEVERE
- According to IIHS, crashes involving female drivers are less severe than those involving male drivers. This can be attributed to male drivers often engaging in risky driving behavior such as driving while under the influence of alcohol, not using safety belts, and speeding. However, the same report states that female drivers are more likely to be injured or killed in vehicle collisions of equal severity, as compared to men, even though gender differences in fatality risk reduce with age.