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Who’s Safer: Men, Women or Driverless Cars?

Last updated on November 15, 2019 at 02:23 pm

Which group does 1,000 New Jersey drivers think are safer on the road? Men? Women? Or self-driving cars. Plymouth Rock Assurance recently asked  500 men and 500 women from the Garden state to find out.

Turns out, it’s women by a slim margin. But, men and computers weren’t far behind.

What else did NJ drivers who took our poll tell us?

  • Nearly a quarter of the respondents chose self-driving cars over humans.
  • Men were much more likely than women to trust the safe-driving abilities of driverless cars — by a margin of almost 2 to 1.
  • Women gave men (16.6%) the edge in safety over self-driving cars (15.2%). However, more than twice the amount of men said self-driving cars (29%) were safer than women (12.2%).


The confidence in the safety of self-driving cars may go up over time. Our poll found that larger percentages of younger people said machines were safer drivers. That confidence went down steadily with age. Only time will tell if those younger drivers will carry their acceptance of driverless cars into older ages.

Our poll didn’t explore why some drivers chose self-driving cars over people. However, car crash stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might help at least partially explain the finding.

In 2015, the NHTSA said 94% of car crashes could be attributed to human error. It also said in 2015 that 3,477 people were killed in distracted-affected crashes, while 9,557 people were killed in speeding-related crashes.

Regardless of gender or age, most people who took the poll seem to think other drivers need a refresher course on safe driving. While we can’t really do much to teach computers how to drive, Plymouth Rock has resources and tips for human drivers of all kinds:

What do you think?

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