The debate on whether men or women are the best drivers is both long-standing and popular. However, new government figures show that women are far more like to fail their driving tests despite the fact that male drivers are far more likely to go on to be involved in traffic accidents.
The statistics show that female 17-year-old learner was 7% less likely to pass her test first time than a 17-year-old male learner. This figure more than doubled to 15% for those taking their first test at the age of 20, and increased to 25% at 30, 41% at 35, and 50% at the age of 50. Statistics showing pass rates at second and later attempts reflect a similar pattern.
Most view the way the test is conducted as inaccurate not least because of these new findings. Men do better in the test as they tend to deal with the mechanics of driving well yet it is women who seem to have a better appreciate of risk than men. This has led to a number of female pupils becoming quite frustrated at the test as they are good drivers but unable to pass the test.
A spokesman for DVSA stated that all candidates are assessed to the same standard, whether male or female, and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.
On the other hand, when it comes to the theory test, 54% of women pass on any given attempted compared with 48% of men.