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Male & Female Driving Statistics

When it comes to gender, everyone seems to have a lot of preconceived notions. Concepts like “boys want to play with trucks while girls want to play with dolls” and “boys wear blue while girls wear pink” are generally accepted “gender truths”. Into adulthood, these gender stereotypes continue with career choices, preferences, and even driving styles. Gender stereotypes blame women for distracted driving and blame men for speeding and driving while intoxicated. But what do the statistics reveal? Here are some driving statistics based on gender differences.

men's driving vs.women's driving

Fatal Car Crashes are More Often Caused by Men

According to some statistics, the total number of fatal crashes per 100 million miles driven is as much as 50% higher with male drivers than with female drivers. For the last thirty years, male drivers have been consistently more likely to die in car crashes than female drivers. Speeding was a huge factor in predicting fatalities for male drivers.

This Gender Gap Evens Out By Age 30

However, this gender disparity is mostly for those under age 30. Fatal crash rates are more than double for teenage male drivers than for teenage female drivers, and this trend continues with a slightly decreased gap through the twenties. By age 30, the rate of fatal car crashes generally evens out between the genders. Nonetheless, overall fatalities for drivers are higher for men than women: on average, 2.5 male deaths and 1.7 female deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

Accidents and Miles Driven

Here are some more interesting statistics:

Miles Driven Annually:

  • Men = 16,550 miles
  • Women = 10,142 miles

Accidents Caused Annually:

  • Men = 1 million
  • Women = 4 million

If you consider these statistics altogether, you’ll recognize that while women may cause fewer accidents, they also drive fewer miles, which means that the ratio of accidents caused to miles driven is actually much more even. In fact, men are slightly less at-risk of causing an accident than women based on the amount of time spent on the road.

Other Driving Statistics

Other driving statistics point to violations where men are greater offenders: men are more likely to be cited for reckless driving, DUI, seatbelt violations, speeding, and failure to obey yield laws or traffic signs and signals. In general, it seems that women are less likely to engage in aggressive driving and more likely to abide by the laws.

While statistics indicate some gender differences in aggressive driving, accidents caused, and being at-risk, they are unclear about distracted or careless driving. Nonetheless, auto insurance companies accept the statistics that men are overall more likely to cause accidents and fatal accidents, which is why men tend to pay nearly 10% more for auto insurance.