The gender of the young driver plays an important role when it comes to severity of a crash and injuries, reveals a new study.
A Kansas State University study, which looked at the gender differences and similarities of young drivers involved in all motor vehicle crashes in Kansas across five years suggests that young females were 66 percent more likely to wear a seat belt than young males and 28 percent more likely to drive on a restricted license than young males.
The research also found that young female drivers had more crashes at intersections and collisions with pedestrians, while young males had more crashes after sunset than young females and young female drivers were more likely to be involved in crashes during weekdays, while young male drivers were more likely to be involved in crashes during the weekend and young male drivers had more off-road crashes than young females.
Sunanda Dissanayake said that age is one of the most important factors of highway safety, and crash data shows that young drivers and older drivers are involved in more crashes than any other age group and for young drivers, this is especially concerning because people in this age group have their whole lives ahead of them and these crashes are frequently severe or fatal.
The study was published in the Journal of Safety Research.