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1/8/2013 - Women drivers outnumber men

Women have outnumbered men as drivers since the mid-1990s.

In what is believed to be an industry first, more women are taking the driver's seat than men.

According to a new study released by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, between 1995 and 2010, women have outnumbered men in terms of the number of driver's licenses that have been administered.

This was found among various age groups. For instance, among men and women between 25 and 29 years of age, the percentage of men with driver's licenses dropped nearly 11%. The rate also declined for women, but by a far less significant 4.7%.

Further, the study found that males older than 45 years of age had fewer driver's licenses than females. This wasn't the case for men and women under the age of 45, but researchers say it's only because there are more men than there are women in the general population, according to the study.

Alan Piarski, researcher and author of a recent separate report released by the Transportation Research Board, told The Associated Press that the reason for the shift may stem from the unemployment differential among men and women, translating to fewer auto insurance policies written.

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