Comparing data from the UK Ministry of Justice, the DVLA and private records, Confused.com came to the conclusion that women are actually better drivers than their male counterparts. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
As it turns out, figures indicate that women are slower when it comes to learning how to drive. But once they do, they’re more reliable behind the wheel because they commit fewer offenses, are involved in fewer accidents and, as such, cost insurers less than men do.
If that’s what makes a good driver, then women are it.
According to the figures, men are 4 times more likely to break the law in one way or another when they’re driving. Of the 585,000 cases of drivers taken to court in England and Wales in 2017, 79 percent were men.
Most men are guilty of speeding, drink-driving offenses and driving without tax or insurance. By comparison, the percentage of women who do the same is almost half of the number of male drivers guilty of these offenses.
The same disparity is noticeable when it comes to insurance claims: in 2017, 65 percent insurance claims were made by men, of which 17 percent represented incidents where the claimant was at fault. Of the 35 percent of claims made by women, only 9 percent were incidents were the claimant was at fault.
“As a female racing driver, I know women can hold their own when it comes to driving, and data suggests that they are in fact safer on the roads,” Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says of the findings of the study.
“This is reflected in the fact that they are paying almost Ł100 less for their premiums. And this could be down to the fact that more men committed more motoring offenses in comparison to women. Not only this, but they also often own more expensive cars, which means claims are likely to be more expensive,” she adds.