Female drivers more likely to push the limits

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Women are more likely to speed in hire cars.

FEMALE car rental customers are considerably more likely to exceed the speed limit than their male counterparts.
That’s the result of a nationwide study of driving habits in rental cars by telematics technology provider In-Car Cleverness.
The company monitored the hire of more than 10,000 rental vehicles over a six-month period – and recorded surprising findings.
Analysis using a device increasingly fitted to private vehicles to lower insurance and company fleets to manage costs showed that women exceeded the speed limit 17.5 per cent more on average.
Despite that, they returned far fewer cars to the rental company with damage than men.
In-Car Cleverness found that 84 per cent of the cars returned with dents, scratches and punctures had been rented by male drivers.
It also recorded a rather more expected link between damage to rental cars and the number of speeding incidents recorded in those vehicles.
Overall, the average number of speeding incidents was 57 for men and 67 for women.
Female drivers who damaged cars sped more often – averaging 90 speeding cases, while men who returned vehicles with damage exceeded the speed limit 82 times on average.
Paul O’Dowd, of In-Car Cleverness, said: “While the number of cars damaged by the opposite sexes varies, the behaviours which result in damage are consistently similar.
“The statistics show a clear correlation between vehicle damage and instances of speeding, harsh braking and acceleration.”
In-Car Cleverness analysis showed men had braked harshly on average 11 times while using the car and women 12 times.
But this figure was dramatically higher for women who had damaged the cars, with an average of 30 instances of harsh braking recorded.