Are Women Safer Drivers? New Data Settles the argument
“Drive like a Girl” data reveals 17-year-old men speed 130% more than women of the same age.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, telematics insurance pioneer, drive like a girl (a trading style of Insure The Box who holds over five billion miles of driving telematics data), has released new data that shows women trump their male counterparts behind the wheel in terms of safe driving.
“Drive like a Girl”‘s data shows that age plays a significant role in the likelihood of speeding. The younger the age group, the higher the difference in speeding occurrences. And staggeringly, 17-year-old men speed 130% more than women of the same age. It is not until motorists hit their thirties that men begin to take their foot off the accelerator, with the difference compared to women drivers dropping to
On average in the UK, men speed 94% more than women. There’s also a regional trend at play. Men in Scotland speed 59% more than women and men in Wales speed 76% more than women. Kelly Wilkins, Head of Customer Service, “Drive like a Girl” commented: “Speed is the single biggest contributor to driving risk – and the one thing that every driver has control over. Yet it seems to be the biggest differentiator between young women and men driving safely.”
Another measure of safe driving is the Reward Points given to drive like a girl policyholders for good driving. “Drive like a Girl” looks at acceleration, braking, total miles covered, and stopping for rests on long journeys as measures for awarding Reward Points. These points can be used to purchase extra miles on the policy or exchanged for retail vouchers.
Across the UK, women collect 14% more Reward Points on average than men. However, Scotland and Wales see the smallest difference, with women earning 6% and 9% more than men respectively. The one road type where male drivers have the upper hand is motorways. According to the “Drive like a Girl” data, men earn 8% more Reward Points than women for motorway driving.
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