Women Can’t Drive?

Do You Think Women Can't Drive?

From the early struggles to gain acceptance behind the wheel to becoming an integral part of the driving populace, women have traversed a path marked by milestones in transportation and gender equality.

Today, women drivers constitute a substantial percentage of licensed drivers nationwide, contributing dynamically to various industries, from transportation services to professional racing circuits.

Key Women Driving Statistics in the U.S.

  • The U.S. had around 117.6 million licensed female drivers, slightly outnumbering the 115.2 million male licensees in 2021, making females the majority of licensed drivers. [1]
  • According to statistics, women (32%) are better drivers than men (14%), with the lower rate of traffic fatalities involving female drivers possibly stemming from women employing cautionary measures more frequently than men. [2]
  • In the U.S., 6% of female drivers have been found to have a DUI (driving under the influence), compared to 11% of male drivers. [3]
  • 91% of women have a driver’s license in the U.S. [3]
  • Women account for 12.8% of commercial truck drivers in the U.S. [3]
Key Women Driving Statistics in the U.S.

Breaking Gender Stereotypes in Driving

Breaking gender stereotypes in driving within the U.S. represents a profound shift in societal attitudes and perceptions. Historically entrenched stereotypes regarding driving abilities based on gender have been challenged and redefined by the increasing representation of women in various driving roles.

From professional truck drivers to Formula racing champions, women have shattered these stereotypes, showcasing their expertise, skill, and competence behind the wheel. Initiatives promoting inclusivity and equality have played a pivotal role in challenging these stereotypes.

Programs encouraging young girls to explore careers in automotive engineering, motorsports, or commercial driving have been instrumental in debunking the myth that driving prowess is inherently gender-specific.

Challenges of Women Drivers in the U.S.

Issues like gender-based discrimination or safety worries, particularly during night driving or in certain areas, remain prevalent. Here are some significant challenges that woman drivers face:

  • Stereotypes regarding women’s driving abilities persist, leading to biases and discrimination in various driving contexts, from everyday road interactions to professional driving careers.
  • The notion that women are bad drivers behind the wheel persists subtly, affecting their confidence and opportunities within driving-related professions.
  • Limited representation in commercial trucking or professional racing industries can hinder mentorship opportunities and access to networks essential for career advancement.
Challenges of Women Drivers in the U.S.

Likelihood of Women Being Involved in an Accident

Statistically, women are involved in fewer accidents compared to men. However, the risk of accidents for women isn’t solely dictated by gender but is influenced by various factors, including driving behaviors, exposure to driving, and individual circumstances.

Studies have suggested that, on average, men tend to drive more miles than women and are more likely to engage in aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding or reckless driving, which can increase their likelihood of deadly accidents. [4]

Conversely, women often display more cautious driving habits, such as adherence to speed limits and greater compliance with traffic rules, which can contribute to a lower accident rate.

However, various factors, including distracted driving, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and other external factors like road conditions or weather, can lead to accidents regardless of gender.

If you or a loved one has been in a motor vehicle accident, contact Goldberg & Loren’s auto accident attorneys to pursue compensation for damages.


[1] Total number of U.S. licensed drivers by gender | Statista. (2023, March 14). Statista. https://www.statista.com/statistics/198017/total-number-of-us-licensed-drivers-in-2009-by-gender/

[2] Carmichael, J. (2016, November 12). Gender Dependent Behavior Differences Toward Traffic Regulations and Cautious Driving. ResearchGate. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.13066.98247

[3] Women Driving Statistics: Market Report & Data • Gitnux. (2023, December 20). GITNUX. https://gitnux.org/women-driving-statistics/

[4] Fatality Facts 2021: Males and females. (n.d.). IIHS-HLDI Crash Testing and Highway Safety. https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/males-and-females

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