It’s one of the longest running battles of the sexes of all time, and the cause of many fallouts between husband and wife.
Researchers seem intent on putting the debate of who is the king or queen of the road firmly to bed once and for all.
It’s relatively common knowledge that women drivers usually pay less than men for their insurance but according to Confused.com women really are better drivers than men.
According to research on their site, women are statistically safer drivers than their male counterparts.
In 2017, 585,000 people were taken to court for motoring offences in England and Wales. Of that total number, a staggering 79 per cent of those were male.
Break that down further into the different kinds of offence and males dominate every single one. This includes:
- No insurance
- Careless driving
- No tax
- Other motoring offences
Move onto the amount of claims made throughout 2017 and it remains a similar story. Over 700,000 claims were made and male drivers were responsible for 65% of them. The research includes the findings that men are more likely to be ‘at fault’ when it comes to claims, as well as making more theft claims.
The data does suggest that men pass their test on the first attempt more often than women – however once on the road, women are clearly the safer drivers.
In terms of the average insurance premium, men paid over £90 more – with women shelling out an average of £701 compared to men’s £793.
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says: “As a female racing driver, I know women can hold their own when it comes to driving, and data suggests that they are in fact safer on the roads.
“This is reflected in the fact that they are paying almost £100 less for their premiums.”
“And this could be down to the fact that more men committed more motoring offences in comparison to women.”
She added: “Not only this, but they also often own more expensive cars, which means claims are likely to be more expensive.”