Tuesday 25 October 2016

Bad news guys, women really are better drivers

Irish females have proven to be angrier drivers than their male counterparts
Irish females have proven to be angrier drivers than their male counterparts

Driving's battle of the sexes appears to have been won by women, according to a survey.

Female drivers outscored males not only in in-car tests but also when observed anonymously using one of the UK's busiest junctions - Hyde Park Corner.

But another part of the survey - from Privilege Insurance - found only 28pc of women reckoned they were better drivers than men, with only 13pc of men thinking women were superior behind the wheel.

A sample of 50 drivers faced in-car assessment while 200 were watched at Hyde Park Corner. Marked on 14 different aspects of driving, women scored 23.6 points out of a possible 30, while men managed to chalk up only 19.8 points.

On one of the categories - tailgating - just 4pc of women but 27pc of men drove too close to the vehicle in front.


People's views on their driving skills differed dramatically from their actual skills. When asked if they thought they drove at the appropriate speed for the situation, 84pc of men claimed they regularly did, which was in contrast to the 64pc that actually did.

Nearly half of men approached hazards too fast, compared with only a quarter of women.

More than half of the men drove through an amber light when it was turning to red, compared to just 14pc of the women.

Just 1pc of women, but 14pc of men, cut into traffic dangerously, while 24pc of men, but only 16pc of women, admitted to using hand-held mobiles while at the wheel.

More men than women also admitted not indicating if they thought there was no one driving behind them.

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