Men and women face different risks on the roads; men of all ages are more likely than women to die in road crashes. Use this page to access research on how road risk affects men and women differently, and measures to tackle road risk tailored to gender.

Child passengers and driver culpability in fatal crashes by driver gender
Traffic Research Unit, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, 27/10/15

When driving with small children, female drivers are at a higher risk of crashes than male drivers.

Show me how you drive and I’ll tell you who you are: recognizing gender using automotive driving parameters
Department of Psychology/Statistics and Evaluation, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, 23/10/15

Men and women’s driving differs, particularly with regard to acceleration and driving speed, to the extent that an automated system can tell if a driver is a man or a woman.

Social representations associated with men and women drivers among French adolescents and adults. Effects of the perceiver’s age, sex, and socioeconomic status
Université de Nîmes, France, 08/08/15

The perceptions of French adults towards men and women drivers are explored.

Anti-speeding adverts targeting men should focus on the risk of being banned
Queensland University of Technology, 08/11/13

Anti-speeding adverts targeting men should focus on the risk of being banned rather than getting fined or crashing.

Giving feedback to parents on their son's driving improves young male driver behaviour
Tel-Aviv University, 17/06/13

In-vehicle technology that records young driver behaviour and provides guidance to parents on how to influence their children’s driving encourages safer behaviour among young male drivers.

Men are more likely than women to feel comfortable speeding
Queensland University of Technology, 04/10/12

Public anti-speeding adverts should target Australian men who are more likely than women to feel safe driving at higher speeds and be less ashamed of speeding.

More research needed following disproportionate increase in women's drink-driving
Social Research Associates, 31/08/12

A disproportional increase in women’s drink-driving means more research needs to be done on alcohol and women’s road safety.

Men are more likely to make work calls at the wheel
Loughborough University, 24/02/12

Men are more likely than women to use a phone for work calls while driving.

Women more likely than men to self-regulate driving behaviour
Aston University, 24/02/12

Women are significantly more likely than men to self-regulate their driving behaviour.

Levels and triggers of male and female driver aggression
the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 14/02/12

Male and female drivers experience similar levels of aggression at the wheel and are triggered by the same situations.

In-vehicle restraints are designed for males
University of Virginia, 02/12/11

Female drivers are 47% more likely to sustain serious injuries than males because in-vehicle restraints are designed for males.

Road Death Australia: 2010 Statistical Summary
Australian Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, 28/07/11

More than twice as many males as females were killed in road crashes in Australia in 2010.

Cycle commuting and perceptions of barriers: stages of change, gender and occupation
University of Glasgow, 12/07/11

Women are more likely to be put off from cycling to work due to the perceived safety risks.

Male drivers urged to pledge to drive safely for sake of loved ones
Brake, 11/02/11

Nine in 10 women in the UK worry about people they love being killed on roads.

US crash tests to use female dummies
US Department of Transportation, 05/10/10

Female crash test dummies will be used for the first time to simulate crashes involving women as part of an upgraded 5-Star Safety Ratings System for new vehicles.

Motoring Convictions: Women clean up in league of driving convictions
The AA, 03/03/10

British men are more than twice as likely to have a drink drive conviction as women.

Differential moderating effect of locus of control on effect of driving experience
Aston University, 18/01/10

Controlling for locus of control revealed important gender differences in the effect of experience: positive effects for men (reducing angry and high velocity, increasing carefulness.

Men are more likely to speed than women
Brake and Direct Line, 03/04/09

1 in 3 male drivers compared with one in 7 females admit driving 35mph or faster in 30mph zones every day or several times a week, finds this survey.

Personality factors as predictors of persistent risky driving behavior
Dunedin School of Medicine, 01/12/07

Road-safety interventions seeking to deter young adult males from persistent risky driving behavior need to be directed at those who do not endorse traditional views.

Stereotype threat increases the likelihood that females in a simulator run over jaywalkers
University of New South Wales, 02/10/07

Women who were reminded of the stereotype that females are poor drivers were more than twice as likely to collide with jaywalking pedestrians than women who were not reminded of this stereotype.

Risk perception of driving as a function of advanced training
Bar Ilan University, 02/10/07

Women and older drivers were more likely than male or younger drivers to report an increased perception of road risk following advanced driver training.

The secret life of cars and what they reveal about us
University of East London, 23/08/07

UK male drivers are more likely than females to risk driving with one hand, often because they think the car is ‘part of them’. Drivers who perceive risk are more likely to use both hands.

Driver irritation and aggressive behaviour
Dalarna University, 01/07/07

Female drivers tended to become more irritated than male drivers, while the male drivers tended to act aggressively more often.

Boys on the Road: Masculinities, Car Culture, and Road Safety Education
University of Western Sydney, 21/03/07

Riskladen car culture, which emphasizes masculine powers and excludes women, is attractive to working-class youth marginalised by mainstream schooling.

First year as a licensed car driver: gender differences in crash experience
Karolinska Institutet, 01/02/06

Swedish first year licence holders crash rates for single vehicles crashes is five times higher for males than females. The crash morbidity rate was also 25–30% higher for male drivers.

The effect of age, gender and driver status on pedestrians’ intentions to cross the road in risky situations
Aston University, 14/12/05

Women perceive more risk and are less likely to decide to cross the road in risky situations than men.

Masculinity causes speeding in young men
University of Neuchatel, 22/10/01

Results showed that when the concept of masculinity was activated by priming, participants’ driving speed increased significantly from the beginning to the end of the driving simulation as compared.


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