Vias: female drivers better in traffic than men
In spite of all mockery about female drivers they actually are better drivers than their male fellow road users, as is the conclusion of a study, analyzing the main differences between men and women at the steering wheel, organized by Belgian traffic safety institute Vias.
The Vias’ study focused on three aspects: involvement in traffic accidents, fines and infringements, and behaviour in traffic (alcohol, safety belt, speed, use of the smart phone…)
The results of the study showed that women scored better for the three aspects. In case of an accident women usually are less seriously wounded: 44% is slightly injured, 34% is seriously wounded and 23% are killed. The results also showed only 10 fatalities per 1.000 accidents with a female driver against 19 per 1.000 with a male driver.
Of all road users 43% of traffic victims, wounded or dead, are women, and this number is even going down to 37% when only female drivers are taken into account. As a passenger, on the contrary, 62% of women are injured or killed. “The fact that men more often get behind the wheel is a possible explanation”, Vias says.
More cautious and respectful
The difference between men and women seems true without regard to the means of transport. Only 11% of motorbike drivers and 3% of truck drivers who are involved in a traffic accident are women. On the other hand, up to 61% of bus or touring car drivers and 52% of pedestrians are women.
The overall conclusion is that women’s behaviour behind the wheel is more cautious, more responsible and more respectful to other road users. Men take more risks, drive at higher speed, they get more fines and more often have to go to court. Women better respect traffic regulations and they don’t drive and drink as often as their male fellow drivers (1% against 4%).
Men are also a little lazy about wearing their safety belt: 93,5% of women always fasten their safety belts against 90,4% of men.