Men break speed limit twice as often as women drivers

Men are almost twice as likely to speed on the road as women, according to analysis of more than five billion miles of driving data.

Excess speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on UK roads, accounting for 12 per cent of all fatal accidents.

Telematics insurance firm insurethebox studied customer data across the UK for men and women of all ages from the past five years.

They discovered that in every region and across almost all age brackets, men were more likely to exceed the speed limit than women.

And it is the ‘boy racers’ who are worst-behaved behind the wheel – with 17-year-old males speeding 130 per cent more than females of the same age.

It is not until they reach their 30s that men begin to take their foot off the gas, with the difference compared to women drivers dropping to 32 per cent.

On average, men speed 94 per cent more than women, but women in their 40s are found to speed two per cent more than their male counterparts.

Insurethebox fits ‘black boxes’ to cars which indicates a driver’s speed, the time of day or night they drive, their motorway miles and driving style.

It uses a sim card to transmit data which is then analysed to see how safely a motorist is driving and is designed to help reduce insurance premiums.

Gary Stewart, service manager at insurethebox, said: “Speed is the single biggest contributor to driving risk – and the one thing that every driver has control over.

“Yet it seems to be the biggest differentiator between young women and men driving safely.”

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