( Courtesy Allen Lund Cp. )

Women are safer truck drivers than men.

That is one conclusion from the American Transportation Research Institute’s Crash Predictor Model.
The model statistically estimates the likelihood of future crash involvement based on specific truck driving behaviors, according to a news release.

The 62-page report, published last year, pulls data from over 435,000 U.S. truck drivers over a two-year time frame to expose nearly a dozen behaviors that raise a driver’s risk of being involved in a future truck crash by more than 50%.
The report said female truck drivers were safer than male counterparts in every statistically significant safety behavior and men were 20% more likely to be involved in a crash than women.

“ATRI’s Crash Predictor Model is a key input to our driver hiring and training practices,” John Prewitt, president of Tideport Distributing Inc., said in the release. 

“Safety is our first concern and by understanding how driver histories relate to future crash probability, we can develop targeted solutions for minimizing safety risks.”

Other key findings from the report, according to the release, are:

  • The top two behaviors for predicting future crash involvement, each with more than 100% increased likelihood of a future crash, are a reckless driving violation and a failure to yield right of way violation;
  • Prior crash involvement continues to have a statistically significant relationship to future crash involvement with a 74% increase of the likelihood of being in a future crash; and
  • Other statistically significant predictors of future crash involvement including convictions for improper lane/location, reckless/careless/inattentive/negligent driving, and improper or erratic lane change.

The report also provides a list of states that have proven track records of maximizing their enforcement resources while minimizing their share of the nation’s truck crashes.  

Indiana tops that list, followed by New Mexico, Washington, California and Maryland, according to the release.