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Study finds German women better drivers than men

The Local · 8 Mar 2010, 15:27

Published: 08 Mar 2010 15:27 GMT+01:00

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The organisation, which claims to be among Germany’s top auto clubs with 550,000 members, found that women were at fault for significantly fewer instances of drunk driving, road rage and serious accidents.

Of 320,000 auto accidents that resulted in injury in 2008, men were behind the wheel for more than two-thirds of them.

Results varied regionally, though. Brandenburg women took the study’s top safety ranking at 187 at fault for accidents per 100,000 adult women - well below the national average of 216 per 100,000.

Women in Saxony, Thuringia, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt, and Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania were all below the national average.

The rest of the country’s 16 states were just above average, with the tiny state of Saarland taking last place at 274 per 100,000 adult women, or 27 percent of total accidents.

But according to the study, bad female drivers are still better than men.

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“Even the worst values found for the women are still significantly better than the male drivers, who with a rating of 413 (accidents per 100,000 adult males) caused nearly double the accidents with injuries,” the ACE study said.

ACE did, however, acknowledge that other factors of inequality may play a role in the fine female rankings. Previous studies have shown that men drive almost twice as far as women each day, and 11 percent more adult men hold a driver’s licence, their statement said.

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Your comments about this article

19:11 March 8, 2010 by The Pirate
Is this really surprising! Have you witnessed all the Michael Schumacher wannabees on the Autobahn?
19:31 March 8, 2010 by biker hotel harz
All German drivers are crap, it doesn't matter what sex they are. The standard of driving is 'below appaling' particularly from older (Over 65's) car owners. No signally, no looking in rear-view mirrors, tail-gating, last gasp 'car parking space manouvres, parking half on the road, half on the pavement, ignoring zebra crossings, driving too fast in towns and doing exactly 130 in the fast lane on the A7.
00:39 March 9, 2010 by Fredfeldman
Yeah, yeah, women may have fewer accidents than men but they cause a million. :-)
13:47 March 10, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Reminded me of a fun conversation with my insurance agent many years ago. I was young and single and inscenced at my rate being much higher than a single female of the same age. He responded, "Get married". I was puzzled and asked him why? He said, "We could care less about anything other than the statistics and they clearly show that young, single men cost the most in claims. Once they get married their cost in claims drops off completely. For us it's just an accounting reality." Sure enough after I got married my driving changed - especially with her in the car.
15:08 March 10, 2010 by hanskarl
Did the include or exclude all the male lorry drivers?
01:25 March 11, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, this shouldn't come as a surprise to most people.

Women have always been less aggressive than men. This is true because they tend to have a different psychology.

Balance is essential. The entire universe is basd on physics and equalibrium. Therefore they, women, should be treated as equals. They should receive the exact same pay as men as well.

The Human Being Concept has been a failure because humans don't understand this.
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