Driver’s test

Women more likely to fail driving tests, less likely to get in car accidents

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Despite being far less likely to be in accidents than men, women in the United Kingdom are far more likely to fail their driving tests. According to 2014-15 British government statistics, female 17-year-olds are 7 percent less likely to pass their first driver’s test attempt than male peers, and at age 20, women are 15 percent less likely to pass than men. At age 30 the gap increases to 25 percent, at age 35 to 41 percent, and by age 50, women are 50 percent less likely to pass the test than men. Statistics on pass rates for second and later attempts follow a similar pattern. 2014 saw 113,066 male drivers involved in accidents in the UK, but only 69,245 involving female drivers. “Accidents involving young men tend to be more catastrophic and to involve other people,” added a spokesman for the Automobile Association (AA). The spokesman also observed that while male driving candidates tended to possess better mechanical skill, female candidates tended to have better understanding of risk. The Women’s Equality party questioned the fairness of the driver’s test, as did the AA spokesman. An overemphasis on the importance of mechanical skill may be proving contrary to the driving test’s mission to keep roads safe.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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