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Women are more careful drivers than men*

*If you believe the data from this insurance company.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

WOMEN DRIVE MORE carefully than men.

That is according to data gleaned from the telematics boxes of 2,000 No Nonsense customers, which found that men accelerate more sharply and brake harder than their female counterparts.

While the data can’t read things like awareness, attentiveness and manner on the road, insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who have the boxes installed in their cars because they feel it encourages safe driving.

The data showed that:

  • Connacht has the highest percentage of safe female drivers (82%)
  • When it comes to over acceleration, men perform worse (69%) than women (62%)
  • Dublin’s women were the least likely to brake harshly (62%) and just under half (44%) had never triggered an acceleration incident
  • By contrast, Munster men were found to be the riskiest male driver group (39%)

The data was gathered from a 2,000 strong sample of policyholders who signed up for the scheme which assesses driver skills on a range of key headings including, acceleration, braking distances and cornering.

Jackie McMahon of No Nonsense says that the data was then fed back to drivers.

“Throughout the programme we have given drivers their own data, which has helped them to see where they can improve their driving and improve road safety.”

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