Saturday, December 8, 2007

Women Drivers are Safer Drivers?

A new study indicates that women drivers are safer than men.  (Great, I'll never hear the end of it now.)

Studies shattered the stereotypes about traffic gender terrors.  Road fatality statistics were compiled into a database, then analyzed to derive a risk analysis broken down by age, gender, type of vehicle, time of day and geographic region.

The study showed that:

*  Male drivers have a 77% higher risk of dying in an accident than women, based on miles driven. (We drive faster)
* The highway death rate is higher for cautious 82-year-old women than for risk-taking 16-year-old boys. (Quicker reaction time..  oh, just have a reaction!)
* New England is the safest region for drivers — despite all those stories about crazy Boston drivers. ( Can't go fast in the snow and ice!)
* The safest passenger is a youngster strapped in a car seat and being driven during morning rush hour. (Strapped into a safety cocoon, going 10 mph.. go figure!!)

The study noted that about one death occurs for every 100 million passenger miles traveled. (But with over 200 million drivers, that's a lot!!)

The 82-year-old women BEING more likely to die on the road than a 16-year-old boy is because they are not so resilient to physical trauma. 

But yet, young male drivers, ages 16-23, have fatality rates four times higher than average.

Drivers aged 40 and 50 tied for the lowest risk of dying in an accident.  (Yea, we've gotten out of our system and still have reactions! )

The safest scenario the study suggested was a 4-year-old girl in a van or school bus, stuck in a Wednesday morning rush hour in New England in February. (Some people have all the luck)

Of all the ages to be in a car, 4-year-olds have the lowest death risks — probably because they are in child car seats and their parents drive more carefully, Fischbeck said.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16698153/

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