Works in Progress

Ride or Die: Females drive and ride at greater risk

I can’t sit in a car with that slant, anything toward “bucket seat,” for long. A half an hour puts me in pain for about the whole day. Sometimes I start to feel bad ache after 10 minutes.

Manufacturers don’t make adjustable the part that affects the problems more females get, with hip joints. The back will move and the whole thing will move closer or farther from the dashboard, but not the seat.

I believe the unergonomic seats constitute part of the physical experience of driving or riding, along with the motion and G-forces effects, that relate to the vehicular safety sex difference:
Females (and afabs?) are 47 times more likely to get injured or die in a car accident then males, the Guardian reported in 2019.

That year, Consumer Reports publicly addressed the discrepancy, too. However, any optimism the 17% more likely females who are wearing their seat belts are to get killed in a car crash could muster is over balanced by the 73% more likely females are to be injured in a similar type and severity of crash as males.

Hopefully female/afab bodies are actually being included in design and safety moreso now? …Hard to tell– such drastic improvements happening so quickly can be due to an industry’s recalculating the numbers or changing the metrics & lowering standards. A classic example is the nuclear and oil industries changing government requirements of how low radiation had to be for the surrounding area to get deemed safe.

More research gives insight into other factors than physiology contributing to causing greater danger to women and probably afabs, but the crash test dummy’s “masculinity” still leaves females twice as likely to be injured, Consumer Reports updates us this year.

“[F]urther research is necessary to determine how to prevent the specific injuries that women are more susceptible to, and…more work is needed to improve the crashworthiness of smaller vehicles. A woman in a car with a Good crash test rating might be safer than a woman in a car with a Marginal or Poor rating—but depending on injury type, vehicle type, and crash type, she still may not be as safe as a man in a car with a Good rating.”


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