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More women have driver's licenses than men in U.S.
Associated Press ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 1:30 PM EST | Joan Lowy

Posted on 11/12/2012 11:49:55 AM PST by Olog-hai

Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications.

If current trends continue, the gap will only widen. The share of teens and young adults of both sexes with driver's licenses is declining, but the decline is greater for young men, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute. The study looked at gender trends in driver's licenses between 1995 and 2010. …

Male drivers outnumbered women drivers from the moment the first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908, the year the automobile became popular, and through most of the last century. In the 1950s, when only about half of adult women had driver's licenses, jokes about women drivers were a staple of comedians. But the gap gradually closed. By 1995, men with driver's licenses slightly outnumbered women, 89.2 million to 87.4 million. By 2010, 105.7 million women had licenses, compared with 104.3 million men. …

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KEYWORDS: accidents; savethemales; women; womendrivers

1 posted on 11/12/2012 11:50:01 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

And they vote Democrat more then men.


2 posted on 11/12/2012 11:50:59 AM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: Olog-hai

Cue the “Seriously messed-up driving” pix in 3 ... 2 ...


3 posted on 11/12/2012 12:08:20 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Olog-hai

No wonder traffic is so messed up these days.


4 posted on 11/12/2012 12:19:11 PM PST by dainbramaged (My dog can talk.)
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To: Olog-hai

It is prohibitively expensive for males under 20 to drive due to insurance rates.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 12:21:15 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Olog-hai
Ironically, a woman had a great deal to do with the early success of the automobile.
6 posted on 11/12/2012 12:23:33 PM PST by Disambiguator (Choose wisely.)
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To: central_va

Too many young punks wrapping Camaros and Mustangs around trees over the years.


7 posted on 11/12/2012 12:24:44 PM PST by MachIV
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To: central_va

If so, would that be because of their driving records, and if so would this be a case of market forces mitigating a problem?


8 posted on 11/12/2012 12:27:35 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
f so, would that be because of their driving records, and if so would this be a case of market forces mitigating a problem?

Well duh.

9 posted on 11/12/2012 12:30:06 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 9YearLurker

I find a surprising number of young folks (both sexes) not getting driver’s licenses and we’re not in the city.

50 years ago that was the ticket to freedom, LOL.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 12:30:16 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: nascarnation

Apparently these days instead of “making out” in the car like we did, they send pictures of their equipment over smartphones....


11 posted on 11/12/2012 12:33:03 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: Olog-hai

Women should do their tailgating in the parking lots. Also, please stop waving me through the three and four-way stops as though you’re doing me a favor. Your “random acts of kindness” are not appreciated by the vast majority of drivers.


12 posted on 11/12/2012 12:44:50 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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My 24 and 25 year old nephews that liv in Los Angleles do not have drivers licenses. Though the younger one did have one for 2 weeks last year before he hit a tree and sent his girlfreind to the hospital for 2 months while he had a BAC of .21.


13 posted on 11/12/2012 12:49:36 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: nascarnation
I find a surprising number of young folks (both sexes) not getting driver’s licenses

I believe state laws are the reason. When I was young, we could apply for a permit at age 15, and then a driver's license at 16. Our friends or parents taught us how to drive. We bought old, used cars for a few hundred dollars.

Nowadays, many states have raised the minimim driving age. In my state, it's age 16 for a permit, and if you want a driver's license at 16, you must pay for a licensed driving instructor to teach you. Add to that the high cost of automobiles and insurance. And the fact that many young men today don't work on their own cars (like they used to), so they don't know how to buy a junker and fix it up. JMHO (as a parent of teens)

14 posted on 11/12/2012 12:53:29 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: nascarnation

You don’t see a lot of young kids saving up for junkers either. Either mom and dad give the kid a car to drive or he/she doesn’t drive.


15 posted on 11/12/2012 1:34:06 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Olog-hai

I know a surpringly large number of 18 year old men without drivers licenses. The problem is the insurance and the difficulty of getting a job. A lot of the jobs which we have associated in the past with teenagers have been taken by immigrants and they stay.

So that is a good deal of the problem. I know very few teenagers who worked this last summer. It was not for lack of trying to find a job.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 1:35:33 PM PST by buffaloguy
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To: Olog-hai

And they drive directly in front of me , four abreast on the freeway miming into their mirrors that they are doing the speed limit.


17 posted on 11/12/2012 1:38:39 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Olog-hai

Should be easier to find parallel parking spots, no? :-D


18 posted on 11/12/2012 2:14:09 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Tired of Taxes

You’re correct. It seems like all the hot rodders are old pharts like me in our 50s and 60s. When you go to the drag strip you don’t see many youngsters anymore.

Auto tech is one job that won’t go to China, and would be a fine career for folks that don’t want an academic focused college program.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 2:59:58 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: Olog-hai

Not a surprise. There are more women than men.


20 posted on 11/12/2012 3:04:32 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Olog-hai

And they can never find the license when stopped for their frequent driving violations. “I must have left it in my other purse”


21 posted on 11/12/2012 3:28:10 PM PST by Figment
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To: Olog-hai; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
The jokes write themselves:

More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications

22 posted on 11/12/2012 10:39:03 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: martin_fierro; Revolting cat!

TTIWWOP!!!


23 posted on 11/12/2012 10:40:23 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nascarnation

You’re right, the men today bringing their classic cars to auto shows seem to be in their late 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. I never hear teenaged boys and young men today talk about cars like they used to. These days, their dream job is to “program videogames.”


24 posted on 11/13/2012 6:51:35 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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