The term “soccer mom” came into vogue during the 1996 presidential election, but the symbolic vehicle of choice for them – the minivan – is logging more miles than ever as women are spending more time behind the wheel, according to a recent University of Michigan study.
Women drivers accounted for 40.8% of the miles driven – 1.21 trillion miles – in the U.S. in 2013, according to a study from Michael Sivak with U-M’s Transportation Research Institute. In terms of the sheer numbers, women also are the majority making up 50.5% of all drivers on the road at any given moment: 105.7 million women have a driver’s license, compared with 104.3 million men.
The study tracked numbers starting in 1963 when women accounted 39.6% of all drivers, but they drove just 23.8% of the miles. The numbers have grown steadily during the five decades that followed. (more…)