We hate to reinforce stereotypes as much as anybody else, so we'd like to point out that the source for this story comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With that out of the way...

According to TheDetroitBureau.com, the recent study found that older women and people under the age of 20 are most likely to mistake the gas pedal for the brake, causing what many have dubbed unintended acceleration. What's more, the majority of pedal misapplication cases take place in parking lots.

In stark contrast, NHTSA has found that nearly two-thirds of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by male drivers. So, why are women so much more likely to mistake their pedals? Says the study:

"Possible explanations might include greater exposure by women where these crashes occur most often (parking lots); a poorer "fit" in their cars due to shorter stature, which may increase the likelihood of a pedal application error; or a disproportionately high rate of one or more functional deficits that contribute to pedal errors, such as neuropathy."

Due to the recent abundance of unintended acceleration claims, NHTSA has proposed that brake override systems be made mandatory on all new cars sold in the United States.


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      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about stupid footwear as a possible cause?
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GasMan
        Agreed, the one time I ever had a pedal misapplication was in my student drivers car, which was a corolla, I went for the brake and my shoe also found the gas pedal at the same time, thankfully my instructor was quick with his brake and stopped the stupid thing from torpedoing the van in front of us. I did not in any way mix up the pedals. I always look in the footwell now when I drive a new car to make sure i know if the pedals are close so that it can't happen again.
          Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe
          no, I had a conventional pair of running shoes on.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe
          Were you wearing women's shoes at the time?
      mazeroni
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Older women, people under 20 are most often at fault for pedal misapplication crashes" They are!? I wish someone would give me grant money to research the obvious every once in awhile.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in other words, people with poor driving skills drive poorly. Got it.
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      I read the title and think: "is this a surprise?"
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Males accounting for more accidents is such a nonsense statistic that keeps being perpetuated. Male drivers get into more accidents because males are more likely to drive and more likely to drive a larger number of miles than females. This is somewhat common sense, as in most family units it is the husband that is typically driving the family, with the female in the passenger seat. Secondly, male accident statistics are skewed by younger drivers, as teenage males are far more likely to race their vehicles and get into accidents accordingly. Females are far more likely to get into accidents due to gross negligence and lack of driving skill, including backing up into community mailboxes, pedal misapplication, failure to yield, etc. And yet women are portrayed as the safer drivers due to misapplication of statistics. And we don't require brake override systems, we require: 1) Real driver's licensing that tests drivers skill and comprehension, which as a German I know is absolutely a JOKE in the United States. 2) Periodic driver's license renewals and medical revocations when appropriate (same as my pilot's license) 3) Control of the illegal-alien problem as so many have no insurance and very poor driving skills, and represent a large problem in border states such as Arizona and Texas. Yet what do they focus on? The inanimate object, not the drivers...
        Mondrell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Because it's 'cheaper' and 'easier' for the government to force businesses to incorporate a 'solution' into their products than it is to overhaul a public system reasonable people like yourself know is half a step from useless. Instead of trying to recognize the pros (I'd love to do field tests for accident avoidance and inclement conditions), many would immediately commit to whining about cost, duration, and just about any other perceived inconvenience.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
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          Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          Ahem, Alfonso, I am 20, and while yes I admit occasionally i do beat on my cars (typically the Odyssey..), I know that there is a time and place for everything, i did have my stupid days, , but nowadays i drive my car (the Pilot) very smoothly and courteously, always I am situationally aware, checking my rear view (cannot tell you how many accidents I have managed to avoid by checking behind me), I always use my blinker, and know full well there is no such thing as a situation that can just be driven through, every situation takes concentration and PRECISE calculation, even so much as leaving adequate room to stop, it was not me but my friend who damn near crashed an IS250 because the brakes overheated (I was telling him slow down, I could feel the car was succumbing to the abuse), he didn't listen, and as a result it overshot the turn at an intersection because he couldn't slow it down, we got out and the brakes were literally smoking. I do not try to act all cool and whatever, I have much more fun with my Pilot just cruising with the windows down enjoying my music
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          Driving a manual trans. cars should probably be mandatory for teen and maybe young 20s drivers.
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        +1 until you mentioned a topic absolutely off topic to the explanation. The f*** do non citizens have to do with driving quality? The point of them not being able to take test for being non citizens is one thing and the other is their presence in the United States which happens to be a 'major' problem for some paranoid reason.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also dont drive in the following: flipflops clown shoes rollerblades ice skates scuba diving flippers Inuit style snow shoes slippers, including Uggs 8 inch stillettos The paws of a wild animal on your feet A cane or walker doesnt substitute a leg Your cat in the footwell anything where you cant accurately feel and place your foot on pedals.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        A lot of teen girls drive with Uggs, good luck advocating this, you'll only be saying "ughhhhhh" when one rear ends you at the stoplight
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe
          Meanwhile, they are also eating, blabbing on the phone, applying makeup, and plucking various stray hairs.
          Susan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe
          And then it is, "Daddy, what color will my new BMW be? Can I connect my iPod?"
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        LOL - You gave me a good laugh this morning - thanks!
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow she is a hottie
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Beer goggles: Max Level reached
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Are you on something?
          CanIGetAWhatWhat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe
          I'm sure he's joking, and he beat me to it. Every time there's a remotely attractive younger female in the article photo, inevitably someone (usually more than one) will say some variation of "she's hot" or make innuendos.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        lol happy friday bloggers
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, please have the government enforce even more regulations to protect people from their own stupidity. Talk about Nanny State.
      dezoris00
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lets just mandate every car, take away all driver control. Since every single mistake we make requires drastic re-writes of regulations.
      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      The story concludes by noting the brake override mandate. Of course brake override does not stop accidents due to "pedal misapplication." It stops a thing for which there is no evidence--- a syndrom of cars accelerating autonomously and randomly, without leaving any electronic evidence. The only thing brake override does is make it easier for a jury to toss out more worthless UA claims by pepole who swear they were riding on the brake while smashing through a 7-11 window. As far as the conclusion, i supopse its not shocking that novice drivers hit things. I suppose older women will tend to hit things because older women tend to be older than older men. They live longer. So really, the point is that age explains variance in accidents.
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