Look away now men, especially if you consider yourself to be a better driver than your partner (or if your attitudes to women drivers is still influenced by 1970s comedians) as what follows is definitely not something you’ll enjoy reading.
As contrary to popular (perhaps in the 1970s/80s anyway) light entertainer beliefs, women are actually better drivers than their male counterparts, shock, horror.
Yes, from the dawn of civilisation (well almost) men and women have argued as to just which of the genders is more proficient behind the wheel, and now, finally the truth has emerged; at least the very latest version of it based on the findings of one of the UK’s leading motor insurance policy providers.
According to Admiral Insurance’s car policyholders (or to be more specific, those who signed-up to policies which utilise telematics to ascertain the all-important on-board data), the age-old debate can ultimately be laid to rest, as the little black box has evidence to support women’s claims to be the best drivers.
Admiral is not the first motor insurer to arrive at this potentially controversial conclusion though, as fellow insurance providers Privilege have also alluded to similar results in recent times.
Breaking down the factors into even greater detail and the latest compilation of key criteria suggests that the best driver (on paper at least) if you were to input various black box data would emerge as a woman within the 46 – 50-years age range with children who is employed as a software engineer, drives a 2 – 3-year old red-coloured Honda with automatic transmission and who resides in East Anglia.
Conversely the archetypal driver to avoid (for fear of them being really rubbish at driving and probably likely to crash into you) is a 21 – 25-year old Scottish man with no kids who drives a manual, white-coloured Audi and works at management level, according to the same calculated variables derived from a raft of telematics info. So there you go.
Scrutinising the nitty gritty a little closer and the survey also brings to light the fact that childless drivers are generally perceived to be less conscientious behind the wheel, and that those of us who get from A to B by a diesel or hybrid-powered vehicle don’t show the same levels of awareness as their petrol car-driving counterparts.
In terms of which cars are driven by the safest motorists, it might not come as a massive surprise to learn that Skoda and Volvo owners account for themselves very well, whilst Audi drivers are (again not so much a revelation as much as official confirmation) as amongst the least trusted owners, along with Smart and Daewoo drivers.
Career-wise, and all data at Admiral’s fingertips point toward lecturers and project managers being the most considerate of profession-based drivers (with retirees topping this particular section), while less favourably viewed when it comes to being classed as a good driver were those who are employed as warehouse employees, company directors and call centre handlers.
However to redress the balance a little, Admiral went on to admit that male drivers tend to cover more miles annually than females (564 on average and according to its black box data), and that being in their vehicles over a greater period of time fundamentally means they are more likely to be driving at recognised risky times and in more adverse conditions.