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October 19, 2011

Motoring gender divide found by new research

by Richard Kilner

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The Co-operative Insurance has commissioned new research which reveals that there’s a clear gender divide when it comes to learning to drive.

Men typically take 16 hours of tuition before taking the test, with women opting for 22 hours.

Women also spend more on learning how to drive, forking out £528 compared with £384 for men.

Interestingly, both genders require, on average, two attempts to pass their test with little difference in average age (19.5 years for a man and 19.7 for a woman).

Once the licence is acquired, men tend to be more confident on the road, with women twice as likely to consider themselves worried or distracted drivers.

Head of Motor Insurance Grant Mitchell said that although men tend to need less practice to pass their test this does not necessarily make them better drivers, and that they are more likely to ignore speed limits and take risks compared to women.

Gender is not the only determining factor in driving style, as research from AXA discovered when it found that drivers aged 18-30 are thrice as likely to have points or a ban if their parents have points or a ban, pointing to a hereditary link when it comes to driving.

 

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