Women shun night driving
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