• Jan 22, 2007

In a report that won't be made public until next week, Traffic STATS found that women are far safer drivers than men. As a matter of fact, according to the assembled data, men have a 77% higher chance of dying in a car accident than women.

In the study complied by Traffic STATS, there are loads of statistics that disprove many perceptions that have long been treated as facts in the ongoing battle of the sexes behind the wheel. As the report proves again and again, many of these myths have been based on information gleaned from short-sighted and closed-minded acknowledgement of the hard numbers. The study states that some of the reasons women are less likely to be involved in a car accident are that men drive faster, take more risks, and drink and drive much more than women. The author of the research believes his findings so much that he now lets his wife drive whenever they are in the car together. Wives of the world will no doubt use this to their advantage for decades to come!

See some interesting facts from the report after the jump

Thanks for the tip, emulous!

[Source: Yahoo]

Some of the notable facts from the report are:

- The death rate in the US is approximately one death for every 100 million passenger miles - An 82 year old woman is more 60% more likely to die in an accident than a 16 year-old teen
- Drivers 40-50 are the lease likely to die in an accident
- The safest passenger in a vehicle at any time, any where is an infant in a car seat in a van or school bus at 8AM in New England in February. In traffic moving at 5 MPH, even in the snow, it's difficult to be involved in a fatal accident!
- School buses have a fatality rate that is 1/50th that of a passenger car
- Motorcycle riders are 32 times as likely to be killed than drivers in a passenger car. A rider between the ages of 21 and 24 riding between midnight and 4AM is 45,000 times more likely to be killed on the bike than in a car.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually I think this statistic is probably correct... men are a lot more likely to die in a car accident than women, but women do get in more accidents.

      GENERALLY SPEAKING:
      women - pay less attention behind the wheel so involved in more fender benders, minor accidents, etc.
      men - pay more attention but more risky behavior so not as many accidents but when they happen they're huge
      • 8 Years Ago
      "A rider between the ages of 21 and 24 riding between midnight and 4AM is 45,000 times more likely to be killed on the bike than in a car."

      That's because younger riders are out later and then get creamed by drunks when the bars close, right???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gotta love how a post about women drivers has turned into a Japanese car bashing thread...only on Autoblog. A TL is a perfectly good car, people will race anything. Whether I'm in my Pontiac, Accord, or BMW (omg someone owns a European, American, and Japanese *gasp*) people will want to race and act like idiots. Get over yourselves.

      That being said, i would prefer to see an age break down of those involved in the study. I suspect you would find that young female drivers don't do better, if not worse than their male counterparts, while as they get older the women clearly become better drivers. The men i know may drive fast, but they're typically decent at it while women try to multitask more (cell phone is a big one) and often get freaked out on highways causing them to stray in and out lanes alot...becomes quite dangerous.

      And at the risk of being branded racist...Asian women are pretty bad at driving. HOWEVER...it seems to be the ones who just recently immigrated. I suspect they just aren't used to minivans or driving in general. Asians here awhile drive just like anyone else.
      • 8 Years Ago
      New study, but hardly news.

      Men have been better at getting themselves killed for as long as there have been men. They're even more likely to die as babies. As a result (if memory serves) 107 male babies are born for every 100 female babies, so that it'll even out when the time comes for reproduction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For those of you wondering what the car is in the picture:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/15/officially-official-aston-martin-v8-vantage-roadster-revealed-a/

      Look at the very last photo.

      And you guys call yourselves car enthusiasts....

      ;-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      bwaaahahahahahahaaa......aaaahhahahahahaha...

      maybe the ladies who can put the phone down long enough realize there are in fact other vehicles on the road...
      cdub
      • 8 Years Ago
      The car is an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and I think there is some truth to this fact. Always bet on RED!
      • 8 Years Ago
      One thing I have observed, when a couple is in the car, more often than not, the male is the one driving. It's almost a custom in many countries for the male to drive the female, therefore, men drive more than women do, and that increases the chances for a fatal crash.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So men are 77% more likely to die in an auto accident. Exactly how does that prove that women are BETTER DRIVERS???

      That is the way I have heard it put, that women are "better drivers". Maybe the men are getting t-boned by women driving Ford Excursions while putting on makeup, talking on the phone and spanking the 2.3 kids in the back seat...

      My wife can't even park a small car straight, much less understand the difference between power-on oversteer and skidding...

      Please, get these people that compile these statistics a real job.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Spelled Gadgets wrong.

      Just because it's not one of your so called God cars of racing doesn't mean people don't try to race you. Most men look for stories to tell about their cars, even if they do own Geo Metros. In addition, there are a who lot better cars than German cars. It's been how many years and they still can't make a decent electrical system?
      • 8 Years Ago
      “There is nothing so horrible in nature as to see a beautiful theory murdered by an ugly gang of facts.”

      Benjamin Franklin
      • 8 Years Ago
      #31

      Completely agree. Exactly my thought when I read through the article.

      Ms. TL driver -
      USDM Accord - JDM Honda Inspire
      JDM/Europe Accord - Acura TSX
      Last time I check, your "TL" is not officially being sold in Japan at all.
      http://www.honda.co.jp/auto/

      Sigh
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