Car insurance: Females drivers 'getting worse at driving'

Tuesday, 03 October 2006

Stereotypes of the careful female driver are being overturned as new research says the number of women with points on their licenses has doubled in three years.

About 16 per cent of men currently have driving convictions compared to ten per cent of women, but the gap between genders is narrowing according to a website which studied female drivers.

Debra Williams, managing director of Confused.com, said: "There are more professional women on the road than ever before. Therefore statistically, the chances of women incurring convictions are greater than in the past and they appear to be steadily on the increase."

Women have traditionally enjoyed lower car insurance premiums than their male counterparts because of their careful driving and fewer road accidents.

Recent research by the Future Laboratory cites Colchester, Oxford and Leeds as having the highest percentage of female drivers in the country while Poole and Cambridge are dubbed the most 'female-friendly' places to drive. Women feel the most comfortable and secure driving, parking and getting low cost motor insurance in those towns.

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