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Women drivers break the speed limit more than men… official!

Time 7 years ago

Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 09.36.16SO who are the best drivers? Men or women?

Many an argument has raged over the years as couples debate the point…

But now we can look at a hi-tech solution. And that finds that WOMEN are more likely to speed than men.


But before you get too cocky, chaps… it’s the MEN who are more likely to be in an accident.

The findings come from a nationwide study of driving habits in rental cars, and it revealed female customers were considerably more likely to exceed the speed limit than their male counterparts.

Telematics technology provider, In-Car Cleverness, which monitored the hire of more than 10,000 rental vehicles over a six-month period, recorded the surprising findings.

Analysis using a device increasingly fitted to private vehicles to lower insurance and company fleets to manage costs showed women exceeded the speed limit 17.5 per cent more on average. Despite that, they returned far fewer cars to the rental company with damage than men.


In-Car Cleverness found 84 per cent of the cars returned with dents, scratches and punctures had been rented by male drivers.

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Overall, the average number of speeding incidents was 57 for men and 67 for women. Female drivers who damaged cars sped more often, averaging 90 speeding cases. Men who returned vehicles with damage exceeded the speed limit 82 times on average.

Paul O’Dowd of In-Car Cleverness, said: ‘While the number of cars damaged by the opposite sexes varies, the behaviours which result in damage are consistently similar. The statistics show a clear correlation between vehicle damage and instances of speeding, harsh braking and acceleration.’

In-Car Cleverness analysis showed men had braked harshly on average 11 times while using the car and women 12 times. This figure was dramatically higher for women who had damaged the cars, with an average of 30 instances of harsh braking recorded. In comparison, men who returned vehicles with damage braked harshly 15 times on average.

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Colin Channon's avatar

Colin is a former editor of Car Dealer. He left the magazine in August 2015.

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