NEW YORK — In the proverbial battle of the sexes, women appear to be better drivers than men.
Internet insurance provider 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com recently released a report titled “Women Are Bad Drivers – Fact Or Fiction?” The study, which compares traffic violation, accident, and insurance price statistics between men and women, hopes to dispel the long-standing notion that women are bad drivers.
In the study, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com points out that some 80 percent of all fatal and serious car crashes are caused by male drivers. It also says women are 27 percent less likely than men to cause auto accidents. In 2007, statistics reveal men were involved in 6.1 million car accidents while women were involved in 4.4 million.
The study goes on to show how traffic violations are higher for male-drivers in almost every single category. Be it reckless driving, failure to yield, seat belt violations, or speeding, men are always cited at a much higher ratio. When it comes to the more serious violations of driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated, male drivers still out number females at a 3.08 to 1 ratio.
“The study confirms information that has long been known”, says Pete Moraga, a spokesman with the Insurance Information Network of California. “However, the gap between male and female driving habits is quickly closing.”
“As a man, it’s tough to admit,” 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com CEO James Shaffer says, “but if you look at the statistics, females are better drivers… by a long shot! It’s almost scary how bad the average American man is at driving. Blame it on whatever you want – high testosterone, higher propensity to take risks, or higher levels of aggression, but the fact remains – men simply make too many mistakes behind the wheel.”
A 2009 report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also reported that more men die in auto accidents each year than women. Men also drive more miles annually and drive more dangerously. The report also says, however, that in crashes of equal severity, females are more likely to die than men.
“When it comes to the battle of the sexes of bad driving habits, no one wins,” Moraga said. “Men and women equally need to do their best to drive safely to protect all of us on the roads
4AutoInsuranceQuote.com also looked at their data regarding average auto insurance prices for men and for women to see if the insurance companies agreed with their hypothesis. In the United States, the average 6 month policy for a man costs $765 while it only costs $698 for women. The largest gap between male and female insurance prices came in Wyoming, where the average rate for a female policy is $495 while for a male, this same policy costs $621. 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com says that these price differences are “ways to award women for being safer drivers.”
4AutoInsuranceQuote.com is an auto insurance company operating out of New York, NY. Operating since summer of 2008, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com’s goal is to become the leading destination for auto insurance quotes in the United States.
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