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Male Drivers Or Female Drivers – Who’s The Best? There’s Only One Way To Find Out!

Man and woman in car together
17th December 2013
At the end of 2012, new EU legislation was introduced to prevent vehicle insurers from issuing policies which discriminate on grounds of gender.

Comparing the number of accident claims made by male drivers as opposed by female drivers seeking injury compensation as a result of being involved in a road accident is always likely to throw more fuel onto the argument over who is the safest driver. According to the AA, young females are statistically safer drivers than young men who are twice as likely to be involved in a serious collision.

In 2011, however, a US survey found that despite a 60-40 split favouring males for the average amount of time spent behind the wheel, it was female drivers who are more likely to be involved in an accident as well as negotiating crossroads, junctions and sliproads.

In a nationally representative sample of police-reported crashes between 1988 and 2007, of the 6.5 million crashes analysed, it was found that while just under a half of accidents involved male and female drivers, just over a fifth occurred between two female drivers while less than a third involved two male drivers.

A new study of 1,000 UK drivers released April 2013 by road safety charity, Brake, indicates, not unsurprisingly, that “men are much more likely than women to take risks while driving” and “more than twice as likely to have been involved in an overtaking near-miss or incident.”

Details from the Brake Survey 2012 :

• Almost one in four men (24 per cent) and one in six women (18 per cent) admitted overtaking despite being uncertain that it was safe to do so, in the last 12 months.
• One in five men (20 per cent) and one in 10 women (9 per cent) have been involved in an overtaking near-miss or incident while driving during 2012.
• More than half of all drivers (54 per cent) have witnessed an overtaking near-miss or incident by another driver in the past year, with one in five (19 per cent) experiencing a vehicle approaching on their side of the road.
• Over half of women (52 per cent) have been afraid when travelling as a passenger when their driver has overtaken another vehicle in the past year, compared to 44 per cent of men.
• More than four in 10 men (44 per cent) have broken a 60mph limit on a rural road, compared to one in four women (24 per cent) and men are twice as likely or more to do this every month (20 per cent compared to 9 per cent).