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Women Are Better Drivers

Posted on November 6, 2012

For years, women have been pegged as lousy drivers. Usually, it was men who made that exaggerated accusation. A new British study, however, proves that women are better overall drivers than their male counterparts.

A new survey reveals that, contrary to widespread belief, women are better drivers in terms of knowledge of the rules of the road. The study found that 57 percent of all men had been involved in one or more accidents, compared to 44 percent of women. The study also found that 45 percent of male drivers between the ages of 36 to 45 and 66 and older have been caught speeding. About 60 percent of men over the age of 66 had been involved in an accident, compared with 30 percent of women in the same age group.

A typical speed limit sign in the United State...

A typical speed limit sign in the United States showing a 50 mph restriction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new survey from a British rental car company has found that women drivers perform better on the roads compared to men, highlighted by the fact they have been in fewer accidents.

The study by, which involved over 700 people over the age of 18 across the United Kingdom, asked respondents to identify common road signs and answer questions about their driving experience and ability. Results showed that men typically have more points on their license, have been caught speeding more often and have been involved in more accidents across all age groups.

According to the findings, 57 percent of male drivers questioned had one or more accidents compared to 44 percent of female drivers. Nearly double the number of men had both points on their driving license and had been caught speeding compared to the number of women.

While women came out on top in terms of number of points and speeding, results revealed that both men and women performed poorly when identifying a number of common road signs. A significant amount of participants who got the road signs wrong actually cited activities that are consistently illegal on the roads such as no racing, no undertaking, no speeding, no braking and end of speed limit.

The survey also showed that driving ability does not necessarily improve with age. According to the findings, over a third of those over the age of 66 had points on their license, with 30 percent unable to identify the speed limit sign despite everyone in this age group holding a license for 20 years or more.

Women also appeared to be the better drivers in the over 66 category, with just 30 percent having been involved in an accident compared to 60 percent of men the same age. Men in this age group also scored significantly lower on the correct road signs and almost half had been caught speeding compared to just 15 percent of women. Despite this, none of the participants in this category rated their driving as poor.

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