By Nicola Field,
, December 2009
Are men better drivers than women?
Insurance statistics speak for themselves.
According to Victorian motoring body RACV, men make more collision-related insurance claims than women.
The vehicle repair bill is also higher for men, averaging $4300 compared to around $3980 for cars driven by females.
This goes a long way to explaining why car insurance premiums are often cheaper for women.
The cost of cover, and any excess payable if you make a claim, are just part of the long list of expenses associated with car ownership. But the safety of you and your passengers is priceless.
A recent study by insurer AAMI found that male drivers are twice as likely as women to drive four or more hours without a break, and twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel.
AAMI’s Anthony Durakovic says these alarming figures are not intended to suggest women make better motorists than men. However, the study does underscore the importance of taking a break and alternating drivers on a long journey.
Durakovic notes: “If you are travelling with one or more licensed drivers, exercise some common sense and share the driving. Don’t try to be a hero and do all the driving yourself.” It’s good advice for safe travelling at Christmas.
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