Using data from the Department for Transport, we have analysed over 250,000 road traffic accidents that happened in the UK in 2015 to see what the differences are between male and female drivers. To start, select the data for either Male or Female drivers below or view the full comparison between the two:

MEN WOMEN

Car Crash Statistics - Men

Age of Driver Type of Vehicle Age of Vehicle Purpose of Journey Accident Location Vehicle Manoeuvre Hit Object (in carriageway) Hit Object (off carriageway) rta-injury

Male - Age of Driver

age of driver men Male drivers aged between 26-35 are the more likely to be involved in accidents, followed by those aged between 36-45 and then 46-55.

Age %
0 – 5 0.03
6 – 10 0.2
11 – 15 0.9
16 – 20 8.4
21 – 25 12.5
26 – 35 22.9
36 – 45 19.2
46 – 55 17.9
56 – 65 10.1
66 – 75 4.9
Over 75 2.9

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Male - Type of Vehicle

type of vehicle MENUnsurprisingly, cars are the most common vehicles that men suffer road traffic accidents in, followed by bicycles and then vans.

Vehicle Type %
Pedal cycle 9.3
Motorcycle 50cc and under 1.1
Motorcycle 125cc and under 4.9
Motorcycle over 125cc and up to 500cc 1.2
Motorcycle over 500cc 3.9
Taxi/Private hire car 2.9
Car 61.9
Minibus (8 - 16 passenger seats) 0.2
Bus or coach (17 or more pass seats) 2.8
Ridden horse 0.01
Agricultural vehicle 0.3
Van / Goods 3.5 tonnes mgw or under 7.2
Goods over 3.5t. and under 7.5t 0.9
Goods 7.5 tonnes mgw and over 2.6
Mobility scooter 0.1
Other vehicle 0.5

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Male - Age of Vehicle

Age of vehicle - MEN Men are more likely to be involved in an accident in vehicles between 5 and 10 years old. Older vehicles (those aged over 15) are much less likely to be involved in a crash.

Vehicle Age %
less than 3 16.3
3-5 12.9
5-10 32.2
10-15 29.3
15-20 7.6
20+ 1.7

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Male - Purpose of Journey

Purpose of journey MEN The journey's men are on when they are involved in road traffic accidents are nearly always work-based, with 62% of the accidents taking place during a journey as part of their work, and 33% happening while commuting to or from work.

Purpose of Journey %
Journey as part of work 62.2
Commuting to/from work 33.1
Taking pupil to/from school 1.7
Student driving to/from school 1.2
Other 1.9

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Male - Accident Location

location of accidentMost of the accidents men are involved in on the roads happen either when they are 'mid junction' i.e. negotiating a roundabout or cross junction (34.4%), or when they are approaching or waiting to approach a junction (40.3%).

Location %
Approaching junction or waiting/parked at junction approach 34.4
Cleared junction or waiting/parked at junction exit 8.5
Leaving roundabout 2.2
Entering roundabout 3.8
Leaving main road 3.9
Entering main road 6.5
Entering from slip road 0.5
Mid Junction - on roundabout or on main road 40.3

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Male - Vehicle Manoeuvre

Vehicle manoeuvre menTurning right is the most likely manoeuvre to result in an accident for male drivers (19.2%), followed by slowing/stopping (15.1%).

Manoeuvre %
Reversing 2.8
Parked 5.3
Waiting to go - held up 11.3
Slowing or stopping 15.1
Moving off 8.1
U-turn 1.8
Turning left 6.4
Waiting to turn left 0.8
Turning right 19.2
Waiting to turn right 2.4
Changing lane to left 1.9
Changing lane to right 2.1
Overtaking moving vehicle - offside 4.5
Overtaking static vehicle - offside 2.6
Overtaking - nearside 1.5
Going ahead left-hand bend 6.7
Going ahead right-hand bend 7.5

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Male - Hit Object (in carriageway)

Men hit object on carriageway stats
When hitting objects on the road, men are most likely to hit the kerb (38.9%) and parked vehicles (31.7%).

Object %
Previous accident 0.9
Roadworks 1.1
Parked vehicle 31.7
Bridge (roof) 0.2
Bridge (side) 1.6
Bollard or refuge 10.4
Open door of vehicle 5.3
Central island of roundabout 2.7
Kerb 38.9
Other objects 4.9
Any animal (except ridden horse) 2.4

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Male - Hit Object (off-carriageway)

Men hit object off carriageway stats

For accidents that involved hitting an object off the carriageway, men are most likely to hit a tree (16.9%).

Object %
Road sign or traffic signal 9.7
Lamppost 8.2
Telegraph or electricity pole 2.9
Tree 16.9
Bus stop or bus shelter 0.6
Central crash barrier 7.7
Near/Offside crash barrier 7.7
Submerged in water 0.1
Entered ditch 8.8
Other permanent objects 21.7
Wall or fence 15.6

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Car Crash Statistics - WOMEN

Age of Driver Type of Vehicle Age of Vehicle Purpose of Journey Accident Location Vehicle Manoeuvre Hit Object (in carriageway) Hit Object (off-carriageway)

Female - Age of Driver

Women age of driver stats

Women aged 26-35 are the most likely to have road traffic accidents (24.1%), followed by those aged 36-45 (20.3%).

Age %
0 - 5 0.02
6 - 10 0.1
11 - 15 0.2
16 - 20 7.3
21 - 25 13.4
26 - 35 24.1
36 - 45 20.3
46 - 55 17.6
56 - 65 8.9
66 - 75 4.9
Over 75 2.9

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Female - Type of Vehicle

type of vehicle women stats
Cars are overwhelmingly the most common vehicles women have accidents in (90.1%).

Vehicle Type %
Pedal cycle 5
Motorcycle 50cc and under 0.5
Motorcycle 125cc and under 0.9
Motorcycle over 125cc and up to 500cc 0.2
Motorcycle over 500cc 0.4
Taxi/Private hire car 0.2
Car 90.1
Minibus (8 - 16 passenger seats) 0.1
Bus or coach (17 or more pass seats) 0.5
Ridden horse 0.1
Agricultural vehicle 0.01
Tram 0
Van / Goods 3.5 tonnes mgw or under 0.8
Goods over 3.5t. and under 7.5t 0.04
Goods 7.5 tonnes mgw and over 0.07
Mobility scooter 0.1
Electric motorcycle 0.002
Other vehicles 0.2
Motorcycle - unknown cc 0.02
Goods vehicle - unknown weight 0.02

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Female - Age of Vehicle

Age of vehicle women statsWomen are most likely to be involved in accidents in vehicles that are between 5 and 10 years old (34.9%).

Vehicle age %
less than 3 15.8
3-5 19.3
5-10 34.9
10-15 26.2
15-20 3.5
20+ 0.4

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Female - Purpose of Journey

Purpose of journey women

Work-related journeys are the most likely to result in accidents for women.

Purpose of Journey %
Journey as part of work 32.4
Commuting to/from work 53.5
Taking pupil to/from school 10
Pupil riding to/from school 1.1
Other 3

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Female - Accident Location

Accident location women stats

Most of the accidents women are involved in on the roads happen either when they are ‘mid junction’ i.e. negotiating a roundabout or cross junction (35.5%), or when they are approaching or waiting to approach a junction (35.9%).

Location %
Approaching junction or waiting/parked at junction approach 35.9
Cleared junction or waiting/parked at junction exit 8.1
Leaving roundabout 2.2
Entering roundabout 4.6
Leaving main road 6.7
Entering main road 8.4
Entering from slip road 0.6
Mid Junction - on roundabout or on main road 35.5

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Female - Vehicle Manoeuvre

vehicle manoeuvre women stats graph

Women are more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents when turning right (23.2%).

Manoeuvre %
Reversing 2.4
Parked 6
Waiting to go - held up 17.3
Slowing or stopping 18.2
Moving off 9.4
U-turn 1.4
Turning left 7.2
Waiting to turn left 1.4
Turning right 23.2
Waiting to turn right 4.4
Changing lane to left 1.4
Changing lane to right 1.6
Overtaking moving vehicle - offside 1.8
Overtaking static vehicle - offside 1.8
Overtaking - nearside 1.8
Going ahead left-hand bend 5.8
Going ahead right-hand bend 6.3

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Female - Hit Object (in carriageway)

hit object in road women stats
When women are involved in collisions with objects in the carriageway, the most common object they hit is the kerb (37.4%) followed by parked vehicles (32%).

Object %
Previous accident 0.8
Roadworks 0.9
Parked vehicle 32
Bridge (roof) 0.1
Bridge (side) 1.7
Bollard or refuge 11
Open door of vehicle 4.8
Central island of roundabout 2.4
Kerb 37.4
Other objects 6.2
Any animal (except ridden horse) 2.3

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Female - Hit Object (off-carriageway)

Hit object off road women stats

With accidents involving hitting objects off the road, women are most likely to hit a tree (15.9%) or a wall or fence (15.2%).

Object %
Road sign or traffic signal 9.1
Lamppost 7.4
Telegraph or electricity pole 3
Tree 15.9
Bus stop or bus shelter 0.5
Central crash barrier 8.9
Near/Offside crash barrier 8.8
Submerged in water 0.1
Entered ditch 9.8
Other permanent object 21
Wall or fence 15.2

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Comparison

Age of Driver

Age % men % women
0 – 5 0.03 0.02
6 – 10 0.2 0.1
11 – 15 0.9 0.2
16 – 20 8.4 7.3
21 – 25 12.5 13.4
26 – 35 22.9 24.1
36 – 45 19.2 20.3
46 – 55 17.9 17.6
56 – 65 10.1 8.9
66 – 75 4.9 4.9
Over 75 2.9 2.9

 

Type of Vehicle

Vehicle type %  men % women
Pedal cycle 9.3 5
Motorcycle 50cc and under 1.1 0.5
Motorcycle 125cc and under 4.9 0.9
Motorcycle over 125cc and up to 500cc 1.2 0.2
Motorcycle over 500cc 3.9 0.4
Taxi/Private hire car 2.9 0.2
Car 61.9 90.1
Minibus (8 – 16 passenger seats) 0.2 0.1
Bus or coach (17 or more pass seats) 2.8 0.5
Ridden horse 0.01 0.1
Agricultural vehicle 0.3 0.01
Van / Goods 3.5 tonnes mgw or under 7.2 0.8
Goods over 3.5t. and under 7.5t 0.9 0.04
Goods 7.5 tonnes mgw and over 2.6 0.07
Mobility scooter 0.1 0.1
Other vehicle 0.5 0.2

 

Age of Vehicle

Vehicle age % men % women
less than 3 16.3 15.8
3 -5 12.9 19.3
5 - 10 32.2 34.9
10 - 15 29.3 26.2
15-20 7.6 3.5
20+ 1.7 0.4

 

Purpose of Journey

Purpose of journey % men % women
Journey as part of work 62.2 32.4
Commuting to/from work 33.1 53.5
Taking pupil to/from school 1.7 10
Student driving to/from school 1.2 1.1
Other 1.9 3

 

Accident Location

Location % men % women
Approaching junction or waiting/parked at junction approach 34.4 35.9
Cleared junction or waiting/parked at junction exit 8.5 8.1
Leaving roundabout 2.2 2.2
Entering roundabout 3.8 4.6
Leaving main road 3.9 6.7
Entering main road 6.5 8.4
Entering from slip road 0.5 0.6
Mid Junction – on roundabout or on main road 40.3 35.5

 

Vehicle Manoeuvre

Manoeuvre % men % women
Reversing 2.8 2.4
Parked 5.3 6
Waiting to go – held up 11.3 17.3
Slowing or stopping 15.1 18.2
Moving off 8.1 9.4
U-turn 1.8 1.4
Turning left 6.4 7.2
Waiting to turn left 0.8 1.4
Turning right 19.2 23.2
Waiting to turn right 2.4 4.4
Changing lane to left 1.9 1.4
Changing lane to right 2.1 1.6
Overtaking moving vehicle – offside 4.5 1.8
Overtaking static vehicle – offside 2.6 1.8
Overtaking – nearside 1.5 1.8
Going ahead left-hand bend 6.7 5.8
Going ahead right-hand bend 7.5 6.3

 

Hit Object (in carriageway)

Object % men % women
Previous accident 0.9 0.8
Roadworks 1.1 0.9
Parked vehicle 31.7 32
Bridge (roof) 0.2 0.1
Bridge (side) 1.6 1.7
Bollard or refuge 10.4 11
Open door of vehicle 5.3 4.8
Central island of roundabout 2.7 2.4
Kerb 38.9 37.4
Other object 4.9 6.2
Any animal (except ridden horse) 2.4 2.3

 

Hit Object (off-carriageway)

Object % men % women
Road sign or traffic signal 9.7 9.1
Lamppost 8.2 7.4
Telegraph or electricity pole 2.9 3
Tree 16.9 15.9
Bus stop or bus shelter 0.6 0.5
Central crash barrier 7.7 8.9
Near/Offside crash barrier 7.7 8.8
Submerged in water 0.1 0.1
Entered ditch 8.8 9.8
Other permanent objects 21.7 21
Wall or fence 15.6 15.2
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