WASHINGTON (November 12, 2012)--A study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute finds that more women have driver's licenses than men, which is a reversal of the longtime gender gap behind the wheel.
Researchers say the change is likely to lead to safer, smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, fewer miles driven and lower fatality rates.
If current trends continue, the gap will only widen.
The study, which examined gender trends in driver's licenses between 1995 and 2010, found that the share of teens and young adults of both sexes with driver's licenses is declining, but the decline is greater for young men.
The share of men ages 25 to 29 years old with driver's licenses dropped 10.6 percent.
The share of women 25 to 29 with driver's licenses declined 4.7 percent.