Are boys really better drivers than girls? It’s a common stereotype that we hear on a near daily basis, but what does the science say?
The influence of society is a powerful thing and whether you are aware of it or not, it does influence your everyday decisions. Like how many of us buy brand-name cereals despite the fact their off-brand is nearly identical. Why? Societal influence, of course. We don’t want to appear poor, so we bite the bullet and spend an extra dollar or two to make ourselves look better.
These influences have spawned a variety of assumptions in our minds. Some trivial like cereal, others can be detrimental–like those on race or sex. Which brings us to our main point: teen drivers. Are boys really better drivers than girls? Or is it just another incorrect stereotype created by man? If we want to be rationally-minded people, we trust facts over anything else. And for that, we must do one thing and one thing 0nly: look at the data.
(Note: The study measures mortality rate, not accident rate.)
MALE TEEN DRIVERS
According to the study, “The motor vehicle death rate for male drivers aged 16-19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts.” That’s an astounding difference by any and all means. Male drivers are more likely to be:
- More aggressive with their actions.
- Involved in an accident after sunset and on weekends.
- Involved with off-road accidents.
FEMALE TEEN DRIVERS
While the study shows that male teen drivers are far more likely to die in a car accident than female teen drivers, female teen drivers were far from perfect. Here’s what the study had to say:
- Female drivers are 28 percent more likely to drive with a restricted license due to previous incidents that require the restriction of driving freedoms.
- More likely to be involved in accidents with pedestrians and at intersections.
- More frequent weekday accidents.
So, who are the better drivers? The answer is neither. Men are better at killing other drivers, while women are better at getting into more accidents. Regardless of your sex, you need a quality auto insurance policy in place. To get the coverage you need to be protected, contact Pierce Insurance Group in McKinney, Texas today. We can help you answer these questions!