One study found that women are 73 percent more likely than men to be seriously injured in a head-on car crash, nearly twice as likely to be trapped in crash debris, and 17 percent more likely to die in an accident.
The investigation was cited in a report published on the website of gizmodowhich exposes the most important factor as a short ratio of these figures: it seems that the manufacturers have not taken into account the difference between the male and female physique so much.
According to scientists in Sweden, women are more prone to injuries because car seats do not give way to lighter bodies.
anna carlssona researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, explained the reason in more detail: “Women are generally lighter than men, so they are catapulted forward more quickly and subject to greater acceleration”.
“A woman is also thrown forward with force against the seat belt. Seats should be less rigid, more flexible. When a car is hit from behind, the seat back acts like a springboard, catapulting us forward. I would like to see better padded seat backs, a little softer.”
Women’s driving practices, other reasons
another study of 2019 argued that women tend to sit closer to the pedals than men, who are generally shorter and still need to reach the pedals to drive a vehicle. This is considered “out of position” driving, risky.instead of the position recommended by the manufacturers.
But the main problem has to do with how cars were tested in the past. Before the famous crash test dummies, human cadavers were used in the tests and most of those supplied were of older men.
Then, when crash test dummies came along, the industry route was to test cars almost exclusively on tests based on male bodies. From those results, the vehicles were improved.
The researchers concluded that manufacturers need to develop female crash test dummies and use them as a standard during testing to make cars safer for women.