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Women's car insurance provider finds sheilas make better summer drivers than men

02 August 2010 / by Rachael Stiles

Women drivers are better drivers in the summer months than men are, according to women's car insurance provider Sheilas' Wheels.

New research by Sheilas' Wheels car insurance has found that, compared to male drivers, female motorists are calmer, less distracted, and make safer drivers when on the road during the summer months.

A survey conducted by the women's car insurance provider shows that men made 16.4 per cent more car insurance claims during last summer than women, with 21 per cent of the male population admitting being more likely to get road rage and be guilty of aggressive driving in the summer.

A quarter of men have had at least one summertime crash or near miss in the last five years, compared to 17 per cent of women, which the majority of men blame on the hot weather affecting their driving.

A number of easily-distracted male drivers also admitted that their attention to the road wanes when they pass by a woman in summer clothing, with 29 per cent saying this was a distraction for them, proving that romance really isn't dead.

In comparison, just three per cent of women said they feel their attention to the road being distracted by men in their summer fashions.

Explaining the survey's results, behavioural psychologist Donna Dawson said:  "Qualitative research shows that men are far more easily distracted behind the wheel than women. Men are more visually orientated."

She added that men's biological make-up also plays a part, "as it makes men more prone to aggression, especially when frustrated by a confined space such as a car – and men are quicker than women to expose such irritability in hot weather."

Jacky Brown, spokesperson for Sheilas’ Wheels car insurance, commented: "In the age of air conditioning, you might expect all drivers to be equally chilled out in the summer but men are significantly more likely than women to claim during the summer months – often as a result of temperature rage or wandering eyes.

"We urge all motorists to keep their eyes on the road – regardless of outside distractions – and keep cool behind the wheel.  A car is a dangerous weapon in the hands of a distracted driver and a momentary lapse can lead to a lifetime of regret if a serious accident occurs."

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