It's official! Women drivers ARE more dangerous behind the wheel, scientists discover

Daily Mail:

It’s official! Women drivers ARE more dangerous behind the wheel, scientists discover

Women drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident, according to scientists.

Researchers looked at 6.5million car crashes and found a higher than expected number of accidents between two female drivers.

They also discovered that women have a tough time negotiating crossroads, T-junctions and slip roads.
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The results are even more surprising given that men spend more time behind the wheel than women. On average, men drive 60 per cent of the time, and women 40 per cent.

Michael Sivak, of the University of Michigan, said: ‘The results indicate that in certain crash scenarios, male-to-male crashes tend to be under-represented and female-to-female crashes tend to be over-represented.’

The results are even more surprising given that men spend more time behind the wheel than women. On average, men drive 60 per cent of the time, and women 40 per cent.

Michael Sivak, of the University of Michigan, said: ‘The results indicate that in certain crash scenarios, male-to-male crashes tend to be under-represented and female-to-female crashes tend to be over-represented.’
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Dr Sivak and his colleague Brandon Schoettle studied data from a nationally representative sample of police-reported crashes in the U.S. from 1988 to 2007.
They had expected to find that accidents involving two male drivers would make up 36.2 per cent of all crashes, while female/female accidents would account for 15.8 per cent and male/female 48 per cent.
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1.) What the heck is a slip road?

2.) What is the male/female breakdown for fatalities? My non-scientific guess is that men are much more dangerous cuz they are more likely to cut lanes, speed through intersectio0ns to beat a red light, &c.
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Ha, typical sexist Daily Mail. Article is titled that women are more dangerous. but then hidden deep in the article is the statement “in certain scenarios”.

Sorry men, but you’re more likely to be in an accident/speed/kill or harm someone when driving than women. It’s all to do with being more willing to take risks.

In answer to your 2nd question, men kill more by driving than women by far. I am more likely to be killed as a girlfriend of the driver than as the driver myself also.

To answer your first - not sure, I know how to recognise one but don’t know how to describe it to you.

From a young age, psychologists have found that girls perform significantly worse than boys in tests which involve spatial (three-dimensional) reasoning, so that these findings regarding driving are not surprising. Exactly WHY girls perform worse on this mathematical measure–whereas they perform either on par with or better than boys on other mathematical tests–is open to debate.

Possibly to do with hunting. It’s what they normally say.

And actually, the only thing that men regularly out-perform women on is parking. And have a read of the article, it’s only in “certain situations” which they’re slightly more likely to have an accident in. :shrug:

From my experience (I’m a guy, in the interest of full disclosure) men seem to be better drivers than women, but men also seem more likely to do reckless things behind the wheel. My guess is they are also more likely to drive drunk.

Both genders often have serious but different problems behind the wheel. My male friends love to speed, going sometimes 20-40 miles over the limit, cut across lanes, do risky things, and they are also drink more often (though not necessarily before driving). With women, on the other hand, sometimes it seems like virtually every woman I see in a car under 40 is talking on the phone or texting while driving, which is also of course rather dangerous.

Men that do those things, usually do so because they can.

Teenaged boys on the other hand are a definite risk, and insurance companies more than scientists are the experts on this.
If you want to know the real data, insurance companies are the ones to tell you. When there is a bottom line involved, the data is as accurate as it gets

This seems interesting. Pertaining to mathematics rather driving, there has never been a woman Fields medalist (the “nobel prize” of mathematics) and some have speculated that this isn’t necessarily entirely because of sexism but because of differences in the capabilities of men and women. It has been claimed (take with a grain of salt, I’m no expert on the matter, just what I’ve heard from some people) that one field men will always dominate is extremely high level mathematics.

Do they mention the fact that male fatalities are usually accompanied by the phrase, ‘Hey y’all, watch this!’?

I agree that insurance companies have it right. Why offer women cheaper car insurance than men if women were worse drivers?

:smiley: Quite true.

I agree that insurance companies have it right. Why offer women cheaper car insurance than men if women were worse drivers?

Perhaps, but is it also possible that women just drive less? Just throwing it out there. I really don’t know.

Regardless of the reason behind why women cause less fatal accidents, it’s still true, and I’m not sure insurance companies go by how much women/men drive on average, because you can drive for only an hour a week and still have an accident.

Good point though, according to this article women drive less than men. I wonder if they include taxi and bus drivers? Very male professions.

But the more you drive, the more likely you are to have an accident, no matter how good you are at driving. At the same time, you can be a horrible driver, but if you never drive, you won’t have an accident, therefore will probably get a lower insurance rate. Your care will also be less likely to need repairs. So driving frequency would I imagine influence insurance rates. I don’t have any idea, however, what statistics indicate about which gender drives more.

My suspicion remains (perhaps just because of my by gender pride :)) that men typically master the skills of driving better than most women, perhaps aided by cultural differences; men (at least in the US) are more interested in cars than women, and I think (though I lack proof) they drive more often. But they also more reckless (an effect of testosterone?) and daring on the road. Of course, all mere speculation. I don’t have the numbers to backme up.

If men master the skills of driving better than women, why don’t they use them?

Also, insurance companies in the UK want to install devices in cars to see how you drive then give you a price accordingly. Statistics indicate it’s roughly the same for how much they drive.

It’s not so much that they don’t use them, so much as that they overestimate them; or, what their not using is rather their judgment. My friends boast incessantly about how the drove 80 mph (about 50 km/ph) in the 35mph/22kmph streets; or how they go 40 mph over the speed limit on the highways. They don’t drive badly at all, but they regularly do profoundly stupid things that get them tickets and occasionally cause accidents.

(sorry if including my estimated conversions of miles into km seemed condescending; I have no idea how well Brits know miles).

I drive 90% of the time and my husband is the passenger and I am still dangerous behind the wheel at times. The amount of time behind the wheel doesn’t make you any more safer than the rest IMHO. :smiley:

No worries. It’s not like you got the conversions right, anyway. :stuck_out_tongue:

Ughhh! I’m such a moron! .6 miles= (more or less) 1 kilometer, not the other way around! What was I thinking.

I lived with a host family in Germany, and I did the exact same thing once; without thinking, I cursorily told my host-sister that I weighed around 200-and some kgs. :eek: (I way about 135 lbs, what like 68 kgs?)You can’t tell, of course, 'cause it’s all muscle. :stuck_out_tongue:

I need to think things through more I guess.

I’m a guy, and I think men are much worse drivers. It’s the testostorone in us that has us make stupid choices-cutting people off, driving too fast, etc.

What are you a gender-traitor? :smiley:

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What did you do to Ivanovna?

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