Women are generally much safer drivers than men, according to a survey that Ford conducted in the UK. Adrian Walsh, director of motoring safety partnership RoadSafe, said that it’s because they take fewer risks. The study also found that many UK motorists are scared that their license will be taken since they’d have difficulty in passing the test again.
Out of three drivers, two are not confident they will easily pass the driving test if they had to retake it today.
Those who recently qualified have the lowest confidence that they will pass a second time. About 73% of 17 to 24 year olds are not confident of passing a retest. Also, the study determined that almost half of all women believe they are safer behind the wheel. Only one in five males had this view. Males aged 17 to 24 are high risk drivers.
More of them are involved proportionately in more accidents. Walsh believes that there’s a need for people to learn again how to drive. He said that it’s a good idea for drivers to take “advanced driving lessons.”
The riskiest habit at the wheel is texting (which includes posting messages on social networks via a handheld phone). About 10% of UK drivers text while driving but this number doubles among 17 to 24 year olds. Walsh explained that the driving test is mainly about skills and doesn’t gauge motoring attitudes. He thinks that it’s the attitude of this age group that has a negative impact on road safety.