Angelic women drivers put men to shame


New research suggests women may be better drivers than men after all. It reveals that men are more than one and a half times as likely as women to have a motoring conviction, with male teenagers over five times as likely as female teenagers to have one.

Women's car insurance specialist Diamond looked at the motoring records of over one million motorists to see which convictions are the most common and if there is a difference between the sexes.  Whilst speeding is by far the most common conviction for both men and women, only 11% of women have been caught speeding compared with 18% of men.

Diamond's managing director, Sian Lewis, said: "I'm not really surprised more men are caught speeding than women. Male drivers tend to be more aggressive than women, and are more likely to be involved in a serious accident."

Diamond's research also reveals there are differences between the sexes when it comes to breaking other laws:
  • Men are six times more likely than women to be convicted for drink/drug driving offences.
  • Men are three times more likely than women to be convicted of careless driving.
  • Men are three times more likely than women to commit a motorway offence.
  • Men are twice as likely as women to drive without insurance.

Diamond also looked at the percentage of motorists in different age groups that have received a motoring conviction. Men in the 20-25 age group are the most likely to have a conviction with women in the 17-19 age group the least likely.

Sian Lewis, continued, "This research proves that women are safer drivers than men; they have less convictions than men and make smaller, hence less serious claims. Almost a quarter of 20-39 year old men have a conviction which really is quite a shocking statistic."

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