I’ll bet you didn’t see that one coming. Who would have thought that the gender more associated with violence and aggression would be more likely to speed, take risks, and display road rage?
If you watch car crash videos on youtube for any length of time, you’ll notice hundreds of hour long videos of car crashes while “women driver” videos are few and most in the five to fifteen minute range. So why are women assumed to be the worst drivers? Because men are making the videos?
The gender of the driver isn’t the only important factor, there’s also the type of crash. The majority of women’s crashes you’ll see in videos tend to be slow speed collisions, fender benders or inattentiveness. The majority of crashes from high speed and aggression and from road rage incidents involve men. Here’s two videos, one from April 12, 2020 (gender not identified, a channel that publishes two videos per week) and the newest “women only” video from two months ago (three minutes long).
From the British Medical Journal:
Men pose more risk to other road users than women do and they are more likely to drive more dangerous vehicles, reveals the first study of its kind, published online in the journal Injury Prevention.
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In terms of absolute numbers, cars and taxis were associated with most (two-thirds) of fatalities to other road users. But a comparison of fatalities per distance travelled shows that other vehicles might be even more dangerous.
Lorries were associated with one in six deaths to other road users: each km driven was associated with more than five times the number of such deaths than each km driven in a car. There was a similarly high death toll for buses per km driven.
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For cars and vans, the risk posed by male drivers was double that posed by women per km driven, rising to four times higher for lorry drivers, and more than 10 times higher for motorbike riders.