It’s an age-old subject of argument, and a much-visited topic for hack comedians – who’s better at driving, men or women?
Admiral Insurance has come up with an answer, based on data from its ‘Little Box’ telematics customers, and it says that women are better drivers than men.
“Men have an annual average mileage of 7004 – 564 miles than the women’s average of 6440,” says Admiral. “On average, men spend more time driving than women and funnily enough they spend a higher percentage of that time speeding. And with men being in the car more often, they also face driving at riskier times and in bad weather.”
The study also found that drivers who have children are marginally safer behind the wheel than those without, and that those who drive a petrol car drive better than those with diesel or a hybrid.
The safest drivers are most likely to drive a Chevrolet, Skoda or Volvo, while the least safe are most likely to drive an Audi, Smart or Daewoo.
Safest occupations were found to be lecturer, project manager and, in first place, retirees. At the bottom of the pile were warehouse employees, company directors and call centre handlers.
According to Admiral’s data, the best driver of all would be a woman with children aged between 46 and 50, living in East Anglia, working as a software engineer and driving a two or three-year-old red Honda automatic.
The worst would be a Scottish man, aged 21-25, no kids, working as a manager and driving a manual, white Audi.
Admiral’s data confirms an earlier survey by Privilege Insurance which also found that women are better drivers than men. In the Privilege study 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.
However, another part of the survey found that only 28% of women thought they were better drivers than men, while only 13% of men thought women were superior behind the wheel.