MALE & FEMALE CAR DRIVERS: DIFFERENCES OBSERVED IN ACCIDENTS (1977)

While the analysis showed some significant differences between the sexes in the type of accidents and the sort of error committed, basically there was little difference in the proportion of males and females who were regarded at fault; the figure being approximately 60 percent of drivers for both sexes. The female driver tended to make errors of a perceptual nature by becoming distracted and not seeing hazards, she was less experienced in comparison with the male driver and found the right turn maneuver difficult especially when entering a major road. On the other hand the male driver was more likely to be impaired through alcohol, tended to drive too fast for the conditions and more readily took risks. (crown copyright 1977). As part of an in-depth study made of 2654 car drivers involved in 2036 accidents over a 4 year period differences in the driver characteristics of men and women and the kind of human errors they made have been investigated.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00321220
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TSR
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM