• Mar 29, 2010
Nice work, guys. When we're behind the wheel, we're apparently a danger to human life. The New York Times reports that a recent study by the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) says that men are 50 percent to 100 percent more likely to be behind the wheel in a fatal accident than are our female counterparts. The SIRC theorizes that the reason for the discrepancy is that men just don't like rules.

Not just any rules, mind you. We're talking driving rules. The NYT cites several studies that show men are more likely to drink and drive, run a red light, race other drivers and tailgate. Further, one study showed that men were up to four times more likely to drink and drive as women. We're more aggressive, we're three times more likely to honk the horn, and we're statistically proven to be more likely to take risks.

The authors of all these studies feel that the reason for our aggression and risk-taking has something to do with our DNA. Apparently, the hunter within each of us compels us to value speed, strength and a solid quarter mile run. But men aren't always the worst drivers. One study cited by the Times reportedly showed that women were more likely to get into accidents on a per-mile basis. We'd take a moment to celebrate our lone victory, but with the overwhelming evidence pointing out that we're more dangerous drivers than women, our hypocrisy only travels so far.

[Source: The New York Times | Image: xJasonRogersx CC 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would agree that men take more risks, but I also think that if men and women were tested in a controlled environment to see which gender could better avoid a crash, men would do much better. At least from my own observation, we have faster reaction times and we're more proactive drivers than reactive.

      Granted my love for speed and going sideways got me an accident which could have been avoided :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you can create a controlled environment, I'd like to see one where there are only male drivers on the road.

        People drive aggressively when they get agitated, leading to serious accidents. Take away the source of the agitation and there will be fewer accidents.

        The hypothesis here is that inattentive drivers (who may or may not be female :O) are a big cause of agitation, and although they may not be involved in accidents themselves, they may ultimately be responsible for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      way to go, drunk drivers, for ruining the results. i'm an under-25 male, considered the most dangerous of all drivers, and i've never even considered getting behind the wheel intoxicated, nor will i ever. and at least one of the times i've engaged in street racing, a female has been behind the wheel of the other car (and almost crashed into another car trying to catch up to me). and, yeah, women don't use turn signals too. and i never text or pick up the phone while driving, the only time i ever touch a phone when i'm behind the wheel is when i'm setting up the GPS, which i only did when i had a job as a delivery driver.

      we may be statistically worse drivers, but theory and practice don't always match up. i take no responibility for tools who decide to get behind the wheel drunk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd wager men drive more than women. If you drive more, you are more likely to get into an accident. Interesting how women get in more accidents per mile. Lets see the data standardized per mile driven from the first study.

      My own thoughts: Overall, men and women are equally likely to drive poorly, just for different reasons. Women are less likely to pay attention to the task of driving; Men are likely to misuse the task of driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AMEN
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the question should be: Who is the defensive driver...man or woman?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I spy a 90s Civic in that pic =P

      I think the study needs to be put into perspective of how many % of accidents with injuries are fatal, as the rate of fatalities has been dropping over the years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this all may be true, but if no one is breaking the law or taking risks, men are the better drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Further, one study showed that men were up to four times more likely to drink and drive as women."

      My friends and I, in all the drinking we've done, have NEVER wanted to drive as women. Hell, I'm not even pretty. No way I'd pass as a woman. Besides, that doesn't even make sense. Every time a woman drives she drives as a woman so how are we four times as likely? Huh? And, who the hell took my beer?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, did the number of fatalities in the study include the male driver or were they limted to everyone else involved. And, was any statistical analysis given to the lower incidence of seatbelt usage among men?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It depends on the individuals,But in a gross manner I must say that while driving men are more dangerous and obviously more stupid than women.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kind of a broad statement. With really no meaning. There are more "White male" drivers then most anything. Saying that they are more "stupid" is also personal opinion. I know lots of stupid males females, blacks, whites, asians. etc. You probably are exposed to more white males that are stupid. Im actually exposed to more stupid white females in my area.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I said "it depends on the individuals"
      • 4 Years Ago
      My mother has been driving for many years now...but that didnt help find the MPH speedo when I asked her how fast she was going...
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is a few issues I have with this:

      For starters I know more women that drink & drive, than I know men. It's just that women don't get caught. More specifically, even if they get caught, they flirt themselves out of the ticket/arrest. (I have at least 4 aquaintances that have successfully avoided a DUI ticket/arrest, even though they were pulled over and interrogated for it.)

      So to summarize: Men get caught more often than women do.
      So does not getting caught make women better drivers? - I'm not sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Except that men actually do cause way less accidents than women. it's just that when we do, we kill people, instead of putting them in wheel chairs....

      This isn't a win for anyone, it's just facts. But the win is that accidents are going down in every category, deaths are down, hospital visits are down, and this, while speeds have increased.
      • 4 Years Ago
      92-95 civic ex/si!! (theres a tach)
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