Car insurance: New motorists 'pay less for cover if they are female'

Thursday, 07 August 2008

Drivers will pay less for their car insurance policies once they have passed their test if they are women, according to new research.

A study stated that male motorists new to the road pay around £2,841 for cover, with women shelling out some £1,200 less.

It added that this comes despite the fact that more males pass their test at the first attempt than females.

Head of insurance research for the firm Peter Gerrard stated that there are a number of ways in which costs can be cut.

"I advise taking a Pass Plus course, adding an older driver to your policy and consider buying an older car which may be easier to insure," commented the official.

Reality television watchers may remember Maureen Rees' attempts to pass her test on the BBC programme Driving School.

While the Welsh cleaner did eventually gain her licence, she ran over her husband Dave's foot on the way to getting it.

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