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Men v women; who is the worst driver?Back

So who exactly is the better driver? This is a question which has been argued for many years between male and female drivers, but is there really a right or wrong answer?

Men love to think that they are indeed the dominant species when it comes to driving, in fact, I am sure there are many women who, like me, have had to put up with a certain amount of ridicule from men over the years when it comes to their talent behind the wheel.

One of my absolute pet hates is men who watch women parking a car – they will either stand on the pavement or sit in their car looking at you reversing into a spot, which can not only be intimidating, but also incredibly annoying. It’s not quite as bad if you are actually parking alongside their vehicle, but some men actually stop going about their daily business just to stand and watch you make the manoeuvre, regardless of whether they even own a car!

The good news is that a recent study released by Quality Planning, an analytics company in the USA which validates policyholder information for car insurance companies has revealed that women come out on top when it comes to their driving capabilities – a refreshing result.

The study, analysed a variety of different types of highway code violations, comparing how many times women slipped up as opposed to men and the conclusion was that men break more rules on the road and drive more dangerously than women, causing more accidents.

“We were not surprised to see that men have slightly more violations — about 5 percent — that result in accidents than women,” said Raj Bhat, president of Quality Planning. “And because men are also more likely to violate laws for speeding, passing and yielding, the resulting accidents caused by men lead to more expensive claims than those caused by women.”

Now it’s time to take a look at the hard facts – men are involved in more accidents than women – this is because they tend to take more risks behind the wheel and are therefore more likely to get involved in some serious crashes, according again to the Insurance for Highway Safety.

This is enough hard evidence for me to conclude that men are in fact the forerunners when it comes to bad driving and causing accidents – do you agree? Answers below please!






Posted by Leana Kell on 18/01/2013