Most adults have had multiple discussions on whether male or female drivers cause more car accidents. While these conversations typically begin as a joke among friends, they often turn into heated debates.
So, you are probably still wondering if males or females are responsible for more accidents. There are many unverified stereotypes that women tend to be bad drivers. However, in reality, men are involved in a lot more accidents than women.
According to NHTSA data, motor vehicle accident death rates are higher among male drivers in every age group. Accidents involving male drivers are typically much more serious than accidents involving female drivers. Annually, men cause approximately 6.1 million car crashes per year, while women cause roughly 4.4 million. Nevertheless, the chances of females getting seriously injured or dying in accidents of identical magnitude is higher. Gender differences in the risk of death lessen as drivers get older.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is a nonprofit company that was formed by various car insurance companies to reduce the number of crashes, gathered crash figures based on gender. Almost every year from 1975 to 2017, the number of crash fatalities suffered by men was more than double the number of female accident fatalities. That disparity has slowly narrowed because male accident fatalities decreased over that time period by almost 20%, while female accident fatalities decreased by only 10%.
In 2017, over 70% of all vehicle accident fatalities were men. Among this figure, men accounted for 99% of large truck operator fatalities, 81% of large truck passenger fatalities, and 91% of motorcycle related fatalities.
Why do Men Experience More Car Accidents and More Injuries?
There are some significant reasons why this trend has prevailed for so long in this country, not the least of which is that male drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelts than women.
Many car crashes result from speeding, and male drivers are much more likely to disobey speed limits than women. In 2017, 3,345 males were killed in accidents that involved speeding, while only 913 females were victims of speeding-related fatalities. The NHTSA revealed that almost double the amount of men 34 years old or younger were killed in accidents that involved speeding.
Many more men than women drink and drive. FBI reports show that more men are arrested and charged with driving under the influence than women. For example, in 2013 over 536,000 men were arrested for DUIs compared to slightly over 174,000 women. Additionally, according to the IIHS, every year from 1982 to 2017, the number of male passenger vehicle drivers that had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of at least .08% and were killed in an accident were much higher than female drivers.
Men drive a lot more than women do, statistically. The average male drives 16,550 miles per year compared to females driving only 10,142 miles per year. Fatal accident rates were significantly higher for males ages 16-29 than for females in the same age group. The gender accident fatality rate gap was the greatest among 20-29-year-olds.
As a whole, men tend to take part in riskier driving practices and drive more powerful cars than women. For example, the National Sleep Foundation, presumes that 56% of men would drive while drowsy, while only 45% of women would do the same. There is a 22% chance of men falling asleep behind the wheel, while there is about a 12% risk of women drivers doing the same.
The statistical bad driving of males seems to originate from choosing to forgo proper safety precautions. All of the above helps to explain why men on average pay higher car insurance premiums.
What can Male Drivers do to Prevent Accidents?
Now that we know the reasons why men tend to be involved in more car accidents, it is up to male drivers to take simple steps to drive safely and decrease their risk of ending up in a severe or fatal car accident.
Below are four things all male drivers should do to prevent car crashes:
- Never drive drunk: Alcohol significantly affects a driver’s ability to make good decisions and lowers reaction times. Diving even after a few drinks is always a bad idea. Too many drivers unnecessarily place their lives in danger to save money on a taxi. Next time you are considering driving after drinking, make sure to call an Uber first.
- Do not drive if you are drowsy: Drivers should get at least seven hours of sleep every night. If you are driving and begin to feel drowsy, you ought to pull off to the side of the road and nap for at least 15 minutes.
- Always wear your seatbelt: Wearing a seatbelt often means the difference between life and death in a serious accident. It is important to get in the habit of putting on your seatbelt every time you get into a car.
- Obey the speed limit: Speeding greatly increases the chances of being involved in a car accident. When speeding, it takes much more time and effort to stop in order to avoid a collision. Additionally, speeding provides drivers a lot less time to properly respond to any surprise circumstances. Car accidents while speeding tend to be much more severe. Thus, it is important not only for all drivers to follow the posted speed limits, and consider weather and road conditions.
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