WOMEN IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT: TRENDS IN SEX DIFFERENCES IN DRIVING AND DEATH

The social meanings associated with the control of automobiles, involving among other things power, prestige, and independence, have led to driving being defined traditionally as within the masculine purview. One consequence of changing sex roles has been women's gradual usurping of this formerly male domain. The proportion of women licensed to drive has increased markedly, a difference especially pronounced among the younger age groups. Male drivers log more miles than female drivers, and male accident rates have traditionally been higher than female rates. However, controlling for exposure to risk, the sex difference in accident rates has declined, and female mortality from traffic accidents has greatly increased. In this paper, the possibility of sex differences in driving style is discussed. If driver education programs and other attempts at intervention are to be effective, then it is important to become aware of women, especially young women, as a new population-at-risk, and to modify efforts to reach this new target group.

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    Population Research and Policy Review

    P.O. Box 211
    Amsterdam,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Veevers, J
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00789437
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 2000 12:00AM