New research is revealing about female motorists – but who is going to say so?

For personal safety reasons, Alf gave serious thought to suppressing the news in this post.

With the Alasdair Thompson furore fresh in his mind, he knows only too well what can happen to a bloke who tells it like it is or as they see it.

Mrs Grumble reminded Alf about discretion being the better part of valor, too.

But dammit, some things have to be said.

In Britain, the Daily Mail has been emboldened to say it, and this blog is going to do the same by drawing attention to the Mail’s report.

The Daily Mail headline says it in a nutshell: Women drivers ARE more dangerous behind the wheel, scientists discover

And then –

Researchers looked at 6.5million car crashes that took place in the U.S. between 1998 and 2007.

The analysis of the 6.5 million car crashes showed a higher-than-expected number of accidents between two female drivers.

They also discovered that women have a tough time negotiating crossroads, T-junctions and slip roads.

The results are even more surprising given that men spend more time behind the wheel than women. On average, men drive 60 per cent of the time, and women 40 per cent.

The researcher who has taken his life in his hands by disclosing these findings is Michael Sivak, of the University of Michigan.

He said:

‘The results indicate that in certain crash scenarios, male-to-male crashes tend to be under-represented and female-to-female crashes tend to be over-represented.’

Dr Sivak and his colleague Brandon Schoettle studied data from a nationally representative sample of police-reported crashes in the US from 1988 to 2007.

They had expected to find that accidents involving two male drivers would make up 36.2 per cent of all crashes, while female/female accidents would account for 15.8 per cent and male/female 48 per cent.

Instead, they discovered that accidents involving two women drivers were 20.5 per cent, while male/male crashes were much lower at 31.9 per cent.

Accidents involving male and female drivers stood at 47.6 per cent, as expected.

And the thing about US women being more likely than men to crash at a junction?

It seems their cars are often hit on the left-hand side when trying to make a right-hand turn, and vice versa.

Dr Sivak said this might be due to height difference between the sexes.

He said: ‘There are three dominant driver-related factors, including the probability of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, one’s own driving skills and the driving skills of the other driver involved.’

The story was carried by the Times of India under the heading It’s official: Women are worse drivers

Fair to say, Mrs Grumble was anxious that Alf acknowledge another bunch of research.

A British insurance company,, has found:

◦After review of 200,00 insurance claims, it was concluded that the accidents for males under 25 end up costing 15% more than those that women are in.

◦Fatality rates are higher among male drivers.

◦Men’s accidents of all ages cost 6% more than those women are involved in.

◦In the UK, 1 in every 60 males drivers’ accidents’ involve a fatality, the common tragedies also tend to have severe psychological impact and have cost $2.4 billion, to date.

◦The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports over 13,000 more male than female fatalities from 2009 (no more recent statistics are available)

◦Men from 16-25 more frequently get traffic tickets and are more commonly involved in accidents.

◦Men are a at 77% higher risk of dying in an accident as per TrafficSTATS, a Carnegie Mellon risk analysis study.

Alf wonders about the quality of the data, in this case.

Or he did, until he discovered this –

Clark revealed as UK’s most accident-prone surname

This report said new research suggests there just might be more to a name than you may think.

This explains – of course – why the country went off the rails in the nine years to 2008.

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