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Men are ‘twice as likely to speed on the road as women’

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Analysis of more than five BILLION miles of driving data has revealed that men are almost twice as likely to speed on the road as women.

Telematics insurance firm insurethebox studied customer data across the UK for men and women of all ages from the past five years.

It discovered that in every region and across almost all age brackets, men were more likely to exceed the speed limit than women.

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And it is the ‘boy racers’ who are the worst behaved from behind the wheel – with 17-year-old males speeding 130% more than females of the same age.

It is not until they reach their thirties that men begin to take their foot off the throttle, with the difference compared to women drivers dropping to 32%.

On average, men speed 94% more than women, but women in their forties are found to speed two per cent more than their male counterparts.

Speeding is one of the biggest causes of deaths on UK roads, accounting for 12% of all fatal accidents.

Insurethebox fits ‘black boxes’ to cars which tells them about the driver’s speed, the time of day or night they drive, their motorway miles and driving style.

The clever system, which is out of sight inside the car, uses a sim card to transmit data which is then analysed to see how safely a motorist is driving and is designed to help reduce insurance premiums.

“Speed is the single biggest contributor to driving risk – and the one thing that every driver has control over,” said Gary Stewart of insurethebox. “Yet it seems to be the biggest differentiator between young women and men driving safely.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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