Report finds men are more reck­less

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

MEN in Ire­land are more con­fi­dent but more reck­less be­hind the wheel than their fe­male coun­ter­parts ac­cord­ing to a new gen­der anal­y­sis report is­sued by AA Mo­tor In­surance. While males, par­tic­u­larly young male drivers, are broadly known to present a higher in­surance risk, the AA's report fur­ther breaks down driver be­hav­iours to al­low for a bet­ter in­sight into why this is the case.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2010 edi­tion of the RSA Col­li­sion Fact book, the risk of dy­ing in a traf­fic crash in Ire­land if you're male is about three times higher than for a fe­male mo­torist.

The report find­ings also un­der­pin the AA's be­lief that the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice's Gen­der Equal­iza­tion rul­ing, in ef­fect across the EU since De­cem­ber 21st, is in­her­ently un­fair and fails to dis­tin­guish be­tween equal­ity and fair­ness. A re­cent AA re­view of 8 dif­fer­ent in­surance providers re­veals that pre­mi­ums for young fe­male drives have been worst af­fected to date ris­ing 24% on av­er­age.

In to­tal twenty dif­fer­ent in­di­ca­tors are fea­tured in the AA's report which ex­plores the be­hav­iours of both sexes when pre­sented with a wide range of driv­ing sce­nar­ios. The report also looks at gen­eral at­ti­tudes to­wards car care and main­te­nance, fac­tors which also af­fect road safety.

Dis­ci­pline among males when it comes to mo­tor­way driv­ing would also ap­pear to be cause for ma­jor con­cern. The report iden­ti­fies males as more likely to ex­ceed the 120kph speed limit. They would also ap­pear more likely by their own ad­mis­sion to have had a close call or crash on a mo­tor­way. Split­ting this down fur­ther, males were more likely than fe­males to have had a close shave on a mo­tor­way as a re­sult of tail­gat­ing an­other ve­hi­cle, fail­ing to sig­nal their in­tent to change lanes, un­der­tak­ing an­other ve­hi­cle and not hav­ing suf- fi­cient time to re­act to an un­ex­pected haz­ard.

Ac­cord­ing to the report how­ever men are not the worst cul­prits on ev­ery front. While vir­tu­ally neck and neck in terms of mak­ing or re­ceiv­ing mo­bile calls while driv­ing, a higher per­cent­age of fe­males (43%) than males (39%) ad­mit­ted to the highly dan­ger­ous prac­tice of tex­ting while driv­ing. Men also emerged as the more re­spon­si­ble sex when it comes to ef­fec­tively com­bat­ing driver fa­tigue. A slightly higher per­cent­age of fe­males (3%) than males (2%) polled shared they had crashed while driv­ing on a round­about.

Men do how­ever fall down again when it comes to road rage. Ac­cord­ing to the report by AA Mo­tor In­surance, men are quicker to ex­ces­sively beep the horn, yell out the win­dow, de­lib­er­ately tail­gate and even get out and con­front some­one when they be­come ir­ri­tated by the ac­tions of other drivers.

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