Study Says Women Better Drivers Than Men

Men involved in more serious and fatal accidents

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    A new study says that male drivers are much more likely to get into a serious or fatal accident than women. Melissa Mollet has the details. (Published Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012)

    It’s an age-old question: who is better behind the wheel - women or men?

    A new study from may give women the last laugh.

    The study compared traffic violation, accident and insurance price statistics between both sexes, and women came out ahead of the men.

    According to the research, male drivers cause 80 percent of all deadly or serious accidents.

    Men are also 3 times more likely to get traffic violations than women, including speeding tickets, reckless driving violations, and DUI's.

    That means men end up paying higher rates for their driving habits.  In Maryland, male drivers pay an average 7.8 percent more for car insurance than women.

    In Virginia, men pay 4.7 percent more for car insurance than women.

    Insurance rates for male drivers in D.C. are the highest. On average, District men pay 16 percent more for car insurance than women.