An American study has shown that the difference in insurance rates between the sexes has halved over the last 20 years, from 50 to 25 per cent.
According to The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, in 1996 a male driver aged 16-20 with a blood alcohol level of 0.1 per cent was four times as likely to have a fatal car accident than his female counterpart. By 2007 the odds had evened out.
In fact girls are now outdoing the boys in some areas. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety produced a report last week stating that newly licensed teen girls are twice as likely to use an electronic device as boys, while the boys are more likely to speak to people outside of the car. Maybe it’s not so surprising that girls are more likely to phone their mates, while guys prefer to speak face-to-face.
Girls are also more likely to eat, drink, adjust the radio or ‘groom’ themselves while behind the wheel. At this rate the male myth of women being worse drivers may soon come true.
Maybe it’s time to start taking the train.