The whole "men vs. women" debate is about anything and everything. Teen driving safety is no different.
Thankfully, a professor and a doctoral student in the civil engineering department at Kansas State University gave the question a closer look. Others have conducted studies on the topic, too.
Combined, they all give parents real answers when it comes to teen driving safety and gender. The short answer: Males and females both have issues when it comes to safe driving.
The duo at Kansas State University analyzed motor vehicle accident reports in Kansas from a five-year period (2007-2011) involving drivers aged 16 to 24. The study was organized to fuel educational materials for teen drivers and to reduce the number of accidents involving young people.
The study, published in the Journal of Safety Research as part of a Kansas Department of Transportation study, found that elderly drivers and teenage drivers are involved in car accidents more often than any other age groups.
There are some differences between males and females, too.
Sorry, parents: Teenage boys don't drive as carefully as their female counterparts. At least not most of the time.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "In 2016, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers aged 16 to 19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts."
This means it's time to talk to your son, nephew and their male friends about driving safety as soon as possible. According to the Kansas State University study, teenage male drivers overall are:
That isn't to say that females don't need to brush up on their driving skills. However, they fared better on:
Parents should take note of female teen driver weaknesses and work to address them.
Female drivers overall are:
So while female drivers aren't quite as dangerous as males, they have plenty of room for improvement.
The Kansas City University Study is a representative overview of teen male vs. female drivers. But other studies have delved into this issue, too.
One study published by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine in 2012 analyzed Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for crashes between 2007 and 2009. Males and females scored as follows:
While some of these differences are big, others are pretty small. The study found that some of these trends change with age, too. For example, both males and females get into more crashes due to BAC as they get older. This makes sense, because most people drink more as they age.
If this study reveals anything, it's that there are certainly some gender differences in teen driving behavior. Some of these trends change over time for both genders, and some increase for one and not the other or they stay the same.
From using cellphones to changing radio stations to putting on makeup, teens aren't keeping their eyes on the road as much as they should. Several studies, in addition to the two mentioned above, reveal that both males and females have issues at the wheel. However, these can change over time and with age.
Regardless, take time tonight to talk with your teen - male or female - about the dangers of:
When you think "teenage driver" and "danger," you should also think about insurance. A Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent can explain the process for your state and help you choose the best coverage to protect both your teen and your vehicle.
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