Home Home Home

UMTRI study looks at changing gender demographics of U.S. drivers

November 12, 2012

A recent study by UMTRI research professor Michael Sivak and colleague Brandon Schoettle in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention examines trends in gender differences in the percentage of persons with driver's licenses by comparing data from 1995 and 2010.

One of the findings shows that in 2010, proportionally more males younger than 45 had driver's licenses than was the case for females; the opposite relationship held for persons 45 and older.

"The changing gender demographics will have major implications on the extent and nature of vehicle demand, energy consumption, and road safety," Sivak and Schoettle said. "Women are more likely than men to purchase smaller, safer and more fuel-efficient cars; to drive less, and to have a lower fatality rate per distance driven."

Read a November 12 article in the Washington Post:

More women have driver's licenses than men.