Gender gap revealed in collision statistics

New research has revealed that male drivers in Great Britain are three times more likely than women to be involved in a road collision that injures of kills a pedestrian.

The data has revealed that 4,363 male drivers were involved in incidents compared to 1,473 females during 2020 and the first six months of 2021.

These figures mean that for every 10 million journeys, men are caught in 2.8 serious collisions compared to 1.04 for female drivers, with around a third of crashes and serious collisions involving pedestrians resulting in major injuries or death for male drivers.

In fact, according to the Department for Transport (DfT), 78% of all drivers killed in a road traffic collision are male.

Mary Williams, CEO of Brake, said: “We’ve found in previous research that males are more likely to risk-take, for example by speeding. We know that across the piece, offending in society that involves violent behaviours, and behaviours that can hurt other people, is often more men than women. When you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle you are in charge of a killing machine.”