Are men or women better drivers? This issue has caused rows and punch-ups since the
first horseless carriage... but now we can resolve it. Are you ready? Men, according to the
Department for Transport, are more likely to pass their practical driving tests than women.
But that is only part of the story. Men are also more likely to be involved with serious road
traffic incidents. Let us consider the facts. The 2011/2012 pass rate for men in Bradford
was 39%. This fell to 26% for women. Quite a difference. However, during 2010, twenty-two
young men were killed or seriously injured in this area. What a contrast to only four women.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists' Chief Executive, Simon Best, revealed: “As men make
up the majority of drivers a slight variation in figures can be expected. However, these
figures suggest something is going wrong with the way we teach new drivers to cope with
risk on the road. Unless we can crack the gender problem in road safety young men will
continue to die in higher numbers. These findings must be used to inform research to find
out why pass rates and causes of fatal car accidents vary so much between men and
Bradford's figures are part of a trend. In Wolverhampton, for example, men were 12.6%
more likely to pass their practical tests in the financial year 2011/12. However, in 2010,
thirteen had serious accidents compared to only one woman. It is a similar story in
Birmingham. Thirty-eight young men were killed or seriously injured compared to only six
young women. Interesting, then, that men were 12.6% more likely to pass their tests. So,
which gender is best behind the wheel? The deciding factor is not which is more likely to
pass a test, park perfectly, or relate to technical terms. It has to be which is least likely to
cause harm. Based on these figures the conclusion is obvious - women are clearly superior.
By Stephen Turvil
Mon, 01 Oct 2012