Women drivers are 'safer' than men

Friday, 21 September 2012

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Female drivers appear to take more care when travelling on the roads.

An assessment of the latest Department for Transport figures shows that men are three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured when behind the wheel.

Although avoiding crashes is a benefit for personal safety and potentially car insurance premiums, this better record does not seem to be reflected in driving test figures

This is because the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) highlighted that men are still 6.4 per cent more likely to pass their practical test when compared to women.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "These figures suggest something is going wrong with the way we teach new drivers to cope with risk on the road. Unless we can crack the gender problem in road safety young men will continue to die in higher numbers. "

However, the figures fluctuate depending on location as, in Heaton, Bradford, the pass rate for men is more than ten per cent higher than for women, despite males being more than five times as likely to be involved in a serious crash in 2011-12.

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