According to a recent report, all of the jokes that have long been told about terrible women drivers are completely ungrounded. The report, which was released by Carnegie Mellon University, states that male drivers are actually 77% more likely to die in a car accident than women.
The report was created after viewing Traffic STATS, which provides a risk analysis of all of the road fatality statistics that were created at Carnegie Mellon University. The data details the risk for a variety of age groups and genders. The study didn't analyze why there was a difference in the fatality rates among genders, but theories center around differences in height and weight as well as how seatbelts and airbags are made.
When it comes to elderly women, however, young boys appear to be better drivers. It seems that elderly women over the age of 82 are the most likely to be killed in a car accident. But, young boys between the ages of 18 and 23 are a close second. And, while women are overall safer drivers, middle-aged women are more likely than men to be killed while driving an older car or when on a curvy road.
These statistics are just one more reason for car manufactures to look at the way they make their vehicles. What can they change about their design to improve the safety of all drivers? How roads of the future be changed to make them safer? Do laws need to be looked at more closely in order to improve safety? What should be done to make the roads safer for all?