It’s an old argument: men drivers vs women drivers. Which are safer? Which are more skilled or more competent? Which are more annoying to be close to on the road?
CBS Moneywatch.com recently reported some poll information that asked men and women drivers to rate themselves regarding how safe they are behind the wheel.
- In a survey conducted by Quality Planning for insurer MetLife, 51% of women said that women drive more safely, but only 39% of men claimed that male drivers were safer.
- And some evidence supports the women’s view of themselves. According to this study, men are 3.4 times more likely to get a ticket for reckless driving and 3.1 times more likely to be ticketed for drunk driving.
- Men are also more at risk for road-related deaths. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 11,900 male drivers died in the USA from traffic accidents in 2009.Based on miles traveled, men died at a rate of 2.5 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, as opposed to 1.7 deaths for women.
- Apply the same question to teenage drivers and the numbers shoow upward: 9.2 deaths per 100 million miles for males 16 to 19 years old and 5.3 deaths for female of the same age.