Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Young drivers: the driving behaviour of men and women

AUTHORS: Gylfason HM, Porisdottir R & Peerson M

ABSTRACT: None. [Full text available here (pdf)]

SUMMARY: A survey of 1782 Icelandic students at the high school and undergraduate level. There was a broad focus but in relation to driving anxiety the findings were that females had a lower "willingness to drive" and scored higher of a driving anxiety scale with questions such as "I avoid driving routes with access lanes into streets with fast traffic". Women also scored lower on a joyriding scale. Despite these reported difference young men and women drive at similar speeds.

MY THOUGHTS: This really just confirms that driving anxiety is higher in women not only as a severe condition, but in milder forms.