09 July 2011

Women drivers more accident prone

Women drivers are accident prone even though they spend less time at the wheel than males.

Researchers looked at 6.5 million car crashes and found a higher than expected number of accidents between two female drivers. They also discovered that women have a tough time negotiating crossroads, T-junctions and slip roads.

The results are even more surprising given that men spend more time behind the wheel than women. On an average, men drive 60 percent of the time, while women 40 percent, reports the Daily Mail.

Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan, who led the study, said: "The results indicate that in certain crash scenarios, male-to-male crashes tend to be under-represented and female-to-female crashes tend to be over-represented."

Sivak and his colleague Brandon Schoettle studied data from a nationally representative sample of police-reported crashes in the US from 1988 to 2007.

The scientists also found that women were more likely than men to crash at a junction - their cars are often hit on the left-hand side when trying to make a right-hand turn, and vice versa.

Sivak said this might be due to height difference between the sexes.