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Our Nation's Highways: 2008

Figure 4-1. Increase in Number of Licensed Drivers by Gender, 1970-2006

In 2006, 87 percent of the driving-age population was licensed to drive a motor vehicle as compared to 57 percent in 1950. In 2005, for the first time, the number of licensed female drivers surpassed male drivers.

See paragraph above for explanation of this figure.

Data represented in the inset chart
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Data Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Statistics.

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