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Male Drivers Most Dangerous, Says Survey

At the risk of opening another front in the battle between the sexes, we feel obligated to report that a survey of drivers has concluded...
November 18, 2008

At the risk of opening another front in the battle between the sexes, we feel obligated to report that a survey of drivers has concluded that men are much more dangerous when they drive than are women.

Quality Planning, a company that validates policyholder information for auto insurers and is a subsidiary of the Insurance Services Office (ISO), said its survey reveals dramatic differences in the number and type of traffic violations received by men versus women. It reported that male drivers are cited for reckless driving 3.41 times more than women, women are far more observant of traffic laws than men, and that the laws violated more frequently by men are those laws designed to safeguard people and property.

In addition to reckless driving the company said men were 3.09 times more likely to be cited for driving under the influence, 3.08 times more likely for failure to wear a seatbelt, 1.75 times more likely for speeding, 1.54 times more likely for failure to yield and 1.53 times more for a stop sign violation. Quality Planning said this again underscores the finding that women are on average less aggressive and more law-abiding drivers - attributes that also translate to fewer accidents. The company said the study used traffic code violations data for a one-year period from 2007 and 2008.

Male Drivers Most Dangerous, Say Survey Numbers (National Underwriter 11/13/08)

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