Recent analysis of statistics has shown that men are far more likely to be killed on the hard-shoulder of a motorway than women. Between the years 1994 and 2008 Department of Transport statistics reveal that 768 women were either killed or injured whilst on the hard-shoulder compared with 2,058 men. The fact that more men than women tend to drive could go some way to explaining why men are three times more likely than women to have an accident whilst on the hard-shoulder but Department of Transport statistics show that the difference between the numbers of male and female drivers is only twenty percent.
Fellow of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy, Philip Hodson says that in his opinion the difference in the numbers of women being killed and injured compared to men is down to ego. He says that women are far more sensible than men and that they will usually wait in a safe place for professional help to come in the event of a breakdown. Hodson also said that women may be less inclined to get their hands dirty by tinkering with and engine. On the other hand men are keen to show that they are capable of rescuing a situation and will try to fix a car on a busy motorway hard-shoulder even if they don’t actually know where the car’s engine is.
One other reason for the high level of accidents on the U.K.’s hard-shoulders may be that drivers are not required to wear high-visibility jackets as they are in other E.U. countries. Tests show that high-visibility jackets will increase the distance other drivers can see you by 400 percent.