Women have been subjected to sexist remarks about their driving for decades, but new research has proven that they are better behind the wheel than men.
Despite the fact that more women fail their test first time, once they are on the road ladies are safer drivers, according to new research.
Confused.com found that when it comes to breaking the law on the road men outnumber women almost four to one with less than one per cent of women convicted of careless driving compared to two per cent of men.
And just one per cent have been caught drink-driving compared to five per cent of men.
Of the 600,000 motoring offences committed in England and Wales last year, 79 per cent of them were committed by men.
In fact when it comes to the most common offences, men dominate across the board the research shows.
There were 1.4 million insurance claims in 2018 and it is men who are twice as likely to make an insurance claim than women are.
The study found that they are also more likely to be “at fault” than women are when making a claim.
Historically, women also pay less for their car insurance than men and this is because they are seen to be statistically safer drivers.
Men with fragile egos can also take comfort from recent statistics that showed a noticeable difference in the number of men and women passing their driving tests at the first attempt.
Between the 2007/08 and 2017/18 financial years, the proportion of men passing their test at the first time of asking ranged from 48.7 percent to 51.3 percent, while the number of women achieving the same feat stayed between 41.8 percent and 44.4 percent.
Claire Rogan, digital marketing manager at automotive retailer Peter Vardy – who conducted the study – said the disconnect between motorists’ driving records and rating of their own competency is cause for concern.
She said: “Taking proper due care and attention when behind the wheel should always be at the forefront of our minds when in control of a car, so it is surprising to see our research indicate that over half of British drivers have been penalised for driving offences.
“Whether you have just passed your test, or have been driving for years, it is important to not allow your own perception of your driving skill to cloud your judgement.”
What do you think about this study? Do these claims sound believable to you and do you agree with them? I definitely know a fair share of both men and women who are reckless drivers!