According to a recent survey, a total of 78% women drivers consider aggression on the roads as a serious problem.
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On June 24th, International Women Drivers’ Day, the Women’s Worldwide Car of the Year celebrates by shedding light on women drivers’ perspectives regarding road behaviour. A survey conducted by the Czech online magazine Zena v reached out to 1,485 female drivers globally through an online questionnaire. The survey revealed that 78% of women drivers consider aggressive behaviour on the roads a significant issue, with 69% of respondents noting an increase in such behaviour. The survey was completed in May 2024 in 20 countries worldwide.

Through a questionnaire, we analysed how women drivers feel, what they fear, and how they behave behind the wheel and on the roads. The survey results are remarkable,” says Sabina Kvášová, Jury of the Czech Republic and editor-in-chief of Zena v, conductor of the survey.

What are women drivers afraid of when driving? According to a study, women drivers have three main concerns: aggressive drivers (22%), accidents (20%), and driving in reduced visibility (20%). These are followed by worries about skidding (13%) and collisions with animals (9%). About 16% of those interviewed think there is nothing to worry about.

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Responses varied by country. Aggressive drivers were a primary concern for those in the USA (82%), Spain (31%), and Poland (38%). Accidents were a top fear for respondents in Italy (51%), Poland (35%), and Germany (31%). Female drivers in the UK (52%), Germany (50%), and Poland (20%) were mainly worried about driving in reduced visibility.

According to a recent survey, 78% of women drivers consider road aggression to be a severe problem, and 69% of the respondents believe that aggressive behaviour on the roads has been on the rise.

Sabina Kvasova, a survey organiser and member of the WWCOTY jury, stated that 55% of women drivers worldwide encounter aggressive behaviour on the roads sporadically. Only 25% of the respondents face aggressive behaviour daily, while 20% experience it several times a week.

When asked about measures against aggressors, women drivers worldwide support strict penalties (45%), a specialised psychological therapy program (27%), training for future drivers (20%), and prevention campaigns (6%).

According to a survey, women drivers, particularly in Denmark and Serbia (97%), call for stricter penalties against aggressive drivers. There is also strong support for an obligation for aggressive drivers to undergo a specialised psychological therapy program and subsequent psychological assessment of their mental abilities in Denmark and Serbia (97%), the USA (54%), Poland, and Columbia (50%). Additionally, there is a proposal to educate future drivers about the risks associated with aggressiveness on the roads, which is supported in the UK (43%), Italy (42%), and Spain (30%). The survey also found that respondents from the USA (45%), Poland (37%), and Germany (24%) emphasised the need for prevention campaigns on the dangers of aggression.

The Women’s World Car of the Year conducted a study to highlight women drivers’ perspectives on driving behaviour. International Women’s Drivers’ Day, which advocates for mobility as a fundamental right to women’s freedom, dignity, and personal and professional development, is the ideal platform to showcase this survey. Driving gives millions of women worldwide the independence to pursue a better future, attain fairer living conditions, and follow their passion for motorsports.

Today, women have a significant influence over more than 80% of car purchases in developed countries and is seen to be a continuing trend in the coming years. Marta García, executive president of WWCOTY, points out that the percentage of young women in university is already higher in developed countries, and there is increasing progress towards salary parity and more diverse representation on boards of directors. It is becoming increasingly common to see more women’s names on lists of the world’s wealthiest individuals.

International Women’s Drivers Day also celebrates the importance of women sharing their opinions and experiences about cars on social networks. The percentage of women on various social media platforms is growing, with 53.6% on Instagram, 44% on Facebook, 43.7% on LinkedIn, and 49.2% on TikTok.

For women, it’s not just about car performance and safety but also about promoting environmental awareness and preserving the freedom to travel when and where they want while contributing to saving the planet.

International Women Drivers’ Day is a day for reflection. Many women still feel scrutinised by their partners when they drive, use only the second family car, or feel little support in motorsports. Celebrating International Women’s Drivers’ Day, an initiative promoted by Women’s World Car of the Year, is more important than ever. A future of sustainable mobility and equality is only possible with women’s contributions.

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