Which sex is the better driver? We finally have an answer… 28



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Are women or men the best drivers? After years of debate, there’s finally an answer backed up by research… and you may be surprised!

According to new research from the RAA, compiled from insurance claims data, females make fewer claims and account for just one quarter of collisions.

Women also only claim for around 35 per cent of rear-end crashes, i.e. at-fault claims. And before men wonder how many women are insured, it’s almost exactly half.

RAA’s Senior Claims Manager Hayley Cain told the Daily Telegraph women were the safest drivers.

“This data indicates that women appear to be safer drivers and less likely to cause serious damage,’’ she said.

Men may cause more accidents as they are likely to take risks when driving.

Overall, women did make more claims for car park accidents as they can have more difficulty getting in and out of car parks – men and women have different spatial abilities.

Older drivers are also more trustworthy on the road, with one in five drivers under 40 making a claim each year, but only one in seven over 40.

Ms Cain said “driving ability’’ goes into reverse after the age of 80, with around one in five senior drivers putting in a claim and male drivers making slightly more claims.

“Many drivers — male, female, younger or older — have room for improvement.

“Experience and a mature attitude to driving pays off as we reach middle age, however, as we get older and our reaction times slow, driving can go downhill again,” she said.

“A good driver is a safe driver and taking extra care on the road is clearly vital for everyone”.


So we want to know today: do you think these results are accurate? Who is the better driver in your household?


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  1. “men and women have different spatial abilities” …. I’m pleased to see that. So it’s not just ME…. I’ve always been in awe of the fact that HE can smoothly pop the car into a space where I would have thought the car was longer or wider than the hole.

  2. so sick of male/female competition. Most things can be taught to those who do not have the natural ability. Isn’t that what education is for?

  3. I just love that photo he looks like a bit of a devil and she looks likes she’s saying I told you so. I love statistics, especially if they say I’m pretty good at something.

  4. 1) The data only relates to claims – which is very different to driving ability.
    2) Males and females, in general, relate to directions, movements and spatial orientation differently.
    3) Observation will yield different results at different times for the same drivers.

  5. There are statistics and there are lies. How many women have competed at world level in Formula One, World Rally Championships and the like. Michele Mouton of France was one of only a very small handful of women that have been successful.

  6. These statistics probably don’t take into account that men drive many more kilometres than women. If they were adjusted for the number of traffic incidents per 100,000 km driven, the results might be different.
    My experience suggests that especially young men take unnecessary risks while young women do stupid things eg, combing hair or applying makeup while driving.
    Everyone should be required to complete a defensive driving course, perhaps within the first 12 months of beginning to drive. They are invaluable.

  7. It all means absolutely nothing. How many kilometers were driven by each driver? Some roads are safer. Some female P-platers are far more dangerous than some rat-bag P-plater male drivers, but miraculously don’t crash. Some female drivers only drive locally in slow traffic. Some male drivers do all the long distance family trips…

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    • Very good Carolyn. I retired a couple of years ago after spending 42 years driving all over NSW and clocking up well over a million Kms for my job. No at-fault accidents and only a couple of tickets in all that time. I had a lot of near misses dodging kangaroos at dawn, so I’ve been lucky too. I even had a near head-on with a truck over-taking on double yellow lines, but managed to slip between both trucks, without a scratch (that was scary!). My point is, there are so many variables including luck, that I don’t believe that sex automatically determines a good or bad driver, in spite of what the statistics say… 😎

  8. The insurance companies records for claims would be accurate, but many other things have to be taken into consideration such as some already mentioned. Generally speaking…men drive greater distances than women. It is usually the male doing the driving on outings and holidays. Statistics only tell part of the story!

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