I’m a little late to this study, which I just came across in a nearly two month old New York Times article. Its main finding:
Women driving cars are much more likely than male drivers to be seriously injured in a crash, even when both groups wear seat belts.
Turns out car safety devices are designed mainly for men – after all, when’s the last time you saw a female crash test dummy? – and, well, read for yourself:
Compared with male drivers in the study, women were 5 ½ inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter; fewer were overweight; and more were driving passenger cars at the time of the crash. After controlling for these factors and others, the researchers found that women were 47 percent more likely to suffer severe injuries.
So cars aren’t built to protect them, and that leaves things up to men. You’re welcome.
I can’t wait for the arrival of gendered cars that aren’t minivans.
If ever there was a place for this, it would be here