In Knoxville, it is not uncommon to see female motorists on the road. Historically, young women motorists have been perceived as worse drivers than men. Commonly cited reasons for this misconception were age, driving skill and gender. Cars have long been associated with masculinity, and when it comes to driving it is no different. However, according to USA Today, young women were found to be more responsible and safer drivers than their teenage male counterparts. Regardless of which sex is the safer group of drivers, teenage motorists are still considered the most dangerous group on the roads.
There are many factors that contribute to vehicle collisions like car type, driver behavior and road conditions. In a recent study, it was found that women do not spend as much time on the roads as male motorists, giving them a lower fatality percentage for each mile driven. Men tend to purchase masculine looking cars that have lower safety ratings than the smaller and fuel-efficient vehicles that women tend to prefer.
In another study, it was found that males are more likely to crash their vehicles on the weekends and in the evenings. It was also determined that men tend to drive aggressively more often than women, states CBS News. They also are less likely to drive on restricted licenses.
Car accidents do not discriminate against name, age or sex. Male teenage drivers should pay better attention to the roads, their driving behaviors and be more mindful of the misconceptions that can affect their mindset and driving actions.