Women shun night driv­ing

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LON­DON: Al­most a third of UK women will not drive in the dark, ac­cord­ing to a study.

It found women are nearly twice as likely as men to avoid driv­ing in the dark –with 30 per­cent of women ad­mit­ting to not driv­ing af­ter dark, com­pared with just 16 per­cent of men.

The re­port also found the 5-6pm rush hour is the most dan­ger­ous time to be on the road, with an av­er­age of more than 283 crashes per minute dur­ing this time across the UK last year.

How­ever the num­ber of crashes peaks as the evenings get darker, with the win­ter months see­ing the sun set at early as 3.51pm.

In to­tal there were al­most 17 000 rush hour ac­ci­dents last year, ris­ing to more than 55 000 dur­ing the wider evening rush be­tween 4pm and 8pm, ac­cord­ing to data ob­tained by Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests by Con­fused.com.

Ac­cord­ing to Con­fused.com’s own poll of 2 000 peo­ple, 29 per­cent of mo­torists say the evening rush hour is their least pre­ferred time to be on the road.

Twenty-one per cent of driv­ers ad­mit­ted they least like driv­ing late in the evening or at night, with 42-51 per­cent of women and 33 per­cent of men say­ing they do not like driv­ing in the dark.

Thirty per­cent of women said they will not drive in the dark at all, the poll found. – Daily Mail

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