As we have just celebrated International Women’s Day, it seems to be a good time to look at how women compare to men behind the wheel. UKDPF have been studying the statistics available to find out who comes out on top when it comes to driving.

Passing the Theory Test

When it comes to sitting for the theory test the ladies are in the lead, on average men achieve a 42.9% pass rate compared to women who have a higher pass rate of 45.8%.

The Driving Test

Statistics show in 2021/22 that male drivers were in the lead when it comes to passing the test at 52.6%, with female counterparts just lagging behind at 48.2%.

Day-to-Day on the road

When it comes to being on the road, statistics show that women outperform men. A male driver is more likely to have a more serious accident compared to a female driver, this makes them a greater insurance risk and therefore they are likely to pay a higher insurance premium.

Men have a tendency to be more aggressive drivers, driving faster and taking higher risks when it comes to overtaking, tailgating and driving in general. Road rage is seen much more often in the male driver which can result in dangerous behaviour behind the wheel.

The majority of women on the other hand are naturally calmer and take fewer risks on the road.

Insurance companies report that men make 50% more claims where they are at fault.

Men drive more, don’t they?

It may come as a surprise but thinking that men drive more than women is incorrect. Many women may not do as many long journeys as their male counterparts, but they are more likely to make several smaller journeys more frequently.

Statistics show that the average annual mileage varies little between the sexes.

Driving Violations

It turns out the boys have lost on this one too, when it comes to speeding fines and jumping lights men are four times more likely to pick up a ticket for a traffic violation than women. Therefore, the ladies win again.

Conclusion

Statistics indicate that overall women are the better drivers, the primary reason for this is that most women are less aggressive on the road and take fewer risks.

How to be a better driver

  • Check your vehicle before you drive
  • Keep to the speed limit
  • Be considerate & polite
  • Stay calm & ignore other road users’ aggression
  • Keep a safe distance from the car in front
  • Don’t drive when you are tired and take breaks on a long journey

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