If I had a coin for every time I’ve heard “women can’t drive”, I’d probably have enough to buy a full tank of petrol (and if you’re South African, you’ll know that’s a lot).
Driving being a gendered concept always felt ridiculous to me, writes Woman&Home’s Ashleigh Nefdt. But it seems that the battle of the genders still continues, and women are winning.
Recent data from Netstar pinned women as the “better” drivers after looking at their customer-incident data.
The data looked at vehicle impacts, harsh braking, harsh acceleration and harsh cornering and compared male and female customers.
According to the results, women were more cautious on every metric.
“Registered vehicle impacts (e.g. hitting potholes, kerbs, or other vehicles) by women customers represented 1,3% of the total number of Netstar’s female customer base during the period measured, compared to 1,4% for men. In terms of harsh braking, registered incidents represent 16,9% of female members and 22,8% of male members. The numbers for harsh acceleration are 4,5% for women and 10% for men. For harsh cornering, the proportions are 13,2% (women) vs 18,8% (men).”
Overall, because women tend to drive more safely, they’ve been crowned the better drivers.
“The findings indicate that our female customers drove better than our male during the four months that we measured,” says Netstar Chief Technology Officer Cliff de Wit. “The data was gathered using Netstar telematics – a combination of vehicle sensors, GPS, and telecommunications technology, and supports emerging offerings like usage-based vehicle insurance and underwriting.”
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