Cars are easier to drive than they've ever been before, but men are still more likely to be killed behind the wheel than women. That's according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's analysis of data from the 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System.

More than twice as many men were killed behind the wheel in 2012 – 23,808 men were killed, compared to 9,733 women – due in part to the fact that they cover more miles each year. On top of that, men are more likely to drive drunk, with nearly a quarter of fatal male crashes involving a driver with a blood-alcohol content above 0.08 compared to about 15 percent of women.

It's not all good for women, though. Aside from age groups from five to nine and over 74, females have a higher injury rate than men, with 768 injury crashes for every 100,000 female drivers.

Still, as Vox points out, fatality and injury rates are declining steadily, even though the difference in male/female fatalities remains the same. If you love bar graphs and tables, you can go and peruse the 230-plus-page document detailing the NHTSA data (PDF warning).


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