Female Drivers Outnumber Male Drivers: Study

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

According to a recent study, there are more women with driver’s licenses than men in America, reflecting a change in the gender gap with drivers that could have implications on vehicle sales.

The study, conducted by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, shows that in 2010, 105.7-million women had licenses compared to the 104.3-million count for men. Looking back to 1995, 89.2-million men had licenses while women counted in at 87.4 million.

Interestingly enough, the study draws several thoughts as to why younger men aren’t getting their licenses, citing examples such as working on cars is “no longer cool,” as well as blaming insurance prices for men under 25.

As for the economic impact with more women drivers, automakers see that women are more likely than men to purchase an eco-friendly vehicle, with a focus on wanting a smaller, safer car.

[Source: The Detroit News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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