Male drivers 'have worse crashes'Insurer says women have more 'scrapes'
04 October 2007
A survey out today suggests that men have major motoring crashes while women have more minor scrapes.
Male drivers are 42% more likely than female drivers to be involved in a head-on collision, according to car insurance company Elephant.co.uk, which carried out the survey.
Women are 55% more likely than men to have an accident in a car park, the survey, based on data from 270,000 insurance claims, found. The company says that women are 47% more likely than men to have an accident at traffic lights and 78% more likely to lose their car keys.
Men are 36% more likely than women to hit a pedestrian on a pavement, 49% more likely to hit an animal on the road, and 37% more likely to hit a tree. But women are 18% more likely than men to hit a cyclist and 15% more likely to hit a parked car.
Elephant.co.uk managing director Brian Martin said: 'We hold a vast amount of data on accidents and wanted to see if there was a difference between how men and women crash. It soon became clear that there was.
'Women tend to be in more accidents at slower speeds, where cars are close together, while men have more high-speed accidents where it is easy to lose control. It seems that generally men drive faster and more aggressively than women, while women are more easily distracted than men behind the wheel.'
Dangers of rural roads
The dangers of speeding are highlighted in a government campaign launched yesterday. The Department for Transport's Think! Rural Speed Campaign warns that you are three times more likely to be killed on a rural road than an urban one whilst in a car.
Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said:'Driving on rural roads can be deceiving. It is important that motorists drive with as much care on a rural road as they would in a more built-up area. The 'national' 60mph speed limit is a maximum, not an expectation, and drivers must match their speed to the road characteristics and weather conditions they are experiencing as well as factoring in unpredictable hazards - like sharp bends, limited visibility or even animals - which can require a quick reaction.'
Last year 1,256 people were killed in total on rural roads. Of these deaths, 325 were directly attributable to speeding or driving too fast for the conditions.