Contrary to general belief, overall men are not always at a greater risk of injuring themselves in a car accident than women – but it depends on age. That’s the conclusion of a study published recently in the journal Accident, Analysis and Prevention.
Here’s the age part: Researchers at the Barcelona, Spain public health agency concluded that young men are more likely to injure themselves on the road than young women. But if you’re an older woman, then you’re more vulnerable to injury than an older man.
That’s because older female drivers often have less driving experience, which reduces their ability to avoid collisions, as well as greater physical fragility in accidents. But for younger men, risky behaviors and a more aggressive attitude at the wheel, as well as the fact that for work reasons men often drive more, for longer and at higher speeds on intercity roads, make them more vulnerable.
The point? I guess age makes some difference in the number and seriousness of accidents. But training, experience and being aware on the road will reduce the number and severity of all accidents no matter the gender or age.