Teen driver accidents have been a problem for decades and have led many states to institute graduated driver’s license (GDLs) programs to try to reduce the collisions caused by these younger, inexperienced motorists. Supporting these efforts have been the NHTSA’s 5 to Drive campaign, which is focused on highlighting the primary causes of teen driver accidents in order to improve prevention efforts.
Recently, however, research regarding male versus female teen driving habits has introduced some new important information to this ongoing issue, revealing just when male versus female drivers:
- May be more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors
- May, as a result, significantly increase the risks that teen driver accidents will occur.
Teen Driver Accidents: A Look at Male versus Female Teen Driving Habits
The study we’ve referenced came out of Kansas State University (KSU) and was part of a greater study being conducted by the Kansas Department of Transportation. As part of this study, KSU researchers analyzed traffic accident data for motorists between 16 and 24 years old for 2007 through 2011. Here’s an overview of some of the more significant findings of this research:
- Female teen drivers are generally more likely to comply with traffic laws and wear their seatbelts while being less likely to drive aggressively. However, female teen drivers are also more likely to:
- Drive on restricted licenses
- Be involved in intersection and/or pedestrian accidents
- Be involved in distracted driving-related traffic accidents (which goes can go hand-in-hand with intersection accidents, as intersections are busy sites where even the slightest distraction can lead to a collision, especially among less experienced motorists).
- Male teen drivers are far more likely to exhibit aggressive driving behaviors and to be involved in traffic accidents that occur during evening/nighttime hours. In fact, when it comes to male teen motorists and teen driver accidents, this study seemed to highlight just some of the reasons why male teens (from 16 to 19 years old) are twice as likely as females (of the same age group) to be involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents.
In explaining the importance of these findings, Sunanda Dissanayake, a civil engineering professor at KSU, noted that:
There are often different risk factors for young male and young female drivers because their behavior and attitude are generally different… The study may help explain why one gender is more likely to be involved in a certain type of crash.
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