Between 1975 and 1990, the number of female drivers who died in car crashes increased 62.4 percent. Part of the reason for this increase is simply an increase in the number of women drivers. Some increases are related to the number of licensed female drivers compared to male drivers and in the average annual travel of female drivers. An increase was also evident in the fatality risk of female drivers. This article examines the where, how, and when of women's driving patterns, noting that significant changes have occurred. Differences between men and women drivers are discussed as well as the effects of alcohol on fatality risk for women. Overall, women are driving more aggressively, which adds to their fatality risk. A sidebar is included on pregnancy and women drivers. Also, a reader survey focuses on women drivers.


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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 6-11
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00715347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1996 12:00AM