The insurance premium for male teenage drivers was double that of teen girls twenty years ago, but things have changed dramatically over the past two decades. Currently, the premium for young lads is just 25 percent greater than their female counterparts.
A study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs showed that in 1996, the underage male driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .1 was four times more likely to get into a fatal car accident than a comparably impaired girl. By 2007, the gap had narrowed even further.
Eduardo Romano, who co-authored the study, believes increased cases of night-time driving by girls over the years plays a factor. A recent AAA report produced alarming statisticsâ€”rookie teen girl drivers are two times as likely to use electronic devices behind the wheel. Teenage boys, on the other hand, are more prone to talk to people outside of the vehicle.
Our advice to young drivers of both sexes is to please keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. And don't drink and drive.