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The age-old debate continues: Who is better behind the wheel, men or women? If you have both a son and daughter you know just how often this argument erupts around the dinner table.

Thankfully, a professor and doctoral student in the civil engineering department at Kansas State University decided to take a closer look and give parents a few real answers when it comes to teen drivers.

About the Study

The duo analyzed motor vehicle accident reports in Kansas from a five-year span (2007-2011) involving teenage drivers aged 16 to 24. They hope to use the data to fuel educational materials targeted at teen drivers' weaknesses and reduce the number of accidents involving young people.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Safety Research as part of a Kansas Department of Transportation study, determined that elderly drivers and teenage drivers are involved in car accidents more often than any other age groups.

The Truth about Male Teen Drivers

One recurring statistic was the disparity between female and male drivers. Sorry, parents. Teenage boys don't drive as conscientiously as their female siblings, most of the time.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "In 2010, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers aged 16 to 19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts."

This means it's time to talk to your son, nephew and their male teenage friends about driving safety as soon as possible. According to the Kansas State University study, teenage male drivers overall are:

  • More aggressive with their movements and decisions
  • Having accidents after sunset and on weekends
  • Involved in off-road accidents (parking lots, side of the road)
  • Speeding on rural roads
Female Teen Drivers Aren't Perfect Either

On the other hand, young ladies need to brush up on their driving skills, too. Although they fared better on accidents, 66 percent are more likely to wear seatbelts, and they were found to be less aggressive drivers, parents should take note of female teen driver weaknesses discovered by the study.

Female drivers overall are:

  • 28 percent more likely to drive with a restricted license
  • More often involved in accidents at intersections and with pedestrians
  • More often involved in weekday (not weekend) accidents

Take time tonight to talk with your teen about the dangers of distracted driving, using alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt. From cellphone usage to changing radio stations and putting on makeup, teens aren't keeping their eyes on the road as much as they should.

Do you have questions about helping your teen get insurance coverage on the vehicle they'll be driving?  We can explain the process for your state and help you choose the best coverage to protect both your teen and your vehicle.

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