Who Causes the Most Car Accidents?
Every one of us is capable of causing a car accident if we don’t obey the rules of the road. However, there are some groups of people that cause a greater proportion of car collisions than others. Read on if you’re curious.
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Older Drivers are Safer Than You Might Expect
Many people believe that seniors cause a disproportionate share of car accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), seniors (age 70 and older) do cause more accidents than middle-aged drivers, however, they do not cause as many accidents as young drivers.
There is also some evidence that seniors are driving more safely now than they used to. For instance, even though seniors make up a greater proportion of the population now than before, they are involved in fewer fatal car collisions. According to the IIHS, a total of 4,792 people ages 70 and older died in crashes in 2016 which is 18% lower than in 1997.
Other factors that might contribute to the decreasing vehicular fatality rate of seniors include safer vehicle technology, use of rideshare vehicles, and an increasing life expectancy as seniors generally live healthier now than they used to. Also, some states now mandate that older drivers renew their driver’s licenses in person so that a state representative can evaluate whether the senior is fit to drive.
Younger Drivers Are Still the Most Unsafe Drivers
As you might expect, teens continue to cause the most collisions among any age group. Indeed, according to the IIHS, teen drivers have crash rates 3 times those of drivers age 20 and older.
Although teens are typically required to graduate from a driver’s education program, many still drive carelessly once they earn their licenses. Peer pressure induces many teens to drive unsafely for a thrill and that typically spells disaster. Other teens simply don’t have enough experience driving in hazardous conditions and may make mental errors that lead to collisions.
Fortunately, teens are increasingly relying upon ridesharing services in lieu of driving their own vehicles. For instance, according to a PBS news article that pulled statistics from Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, the share of high school seniors across the country who have a driver’s license dropped from 85.3 percent in 1996 to a record low 71.5 percent in 2015. The drop has been sharpest in the South, where the share of high school seniors with a driver’s license fell from 88.6 percent in 1996 to 71.2 percent in 2015.
Women are Safer Drivers Than Men
Men might generally be more knowledgeable about automotive technology than women, but that knowledge does not translate to safer driving behavior. In fact, according to a CBS news report, men are 3.4 times more likely than women to get a ticket for reckless driving and 3.1 times more likely to be cited for drunk driving.
Men are also more likely than women to die in U.S. traffic accidents. According to the CBS news report, in 2009, men died at a rate of 2.5 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, versus 1.7 deaths per 100 million miles traveled for women. That difference becomes particularly stark when one compares male teenage driver deaths to female teenage driver deaths. In 2009, male teenage drivers died at a rate of 9.2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, versus 5.3 deaths for females of the same age.
All of Us Should Drive Safer
Demographics give us a general understanding of the driving behavior of particular population groups, but there is a great deal of variation among individual drivers. All of us can be safe drivers if we obey the rules of the road. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind next time you’re behind the wheel:
- Don’t use your smartphone while driving. If you have to use it for GPS directions, make sure that you input the address before you put your vehicle into gear.
- Drive at or slightly below the speed limit.
- Consistently check your mirrors and blind spots, especially if you’re on the highway.
- Yield to all oncoming traffic whenever you’re attempting a left turn.
- Don’t tailgate vehicle in front of you.
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