WOMEN are better drivers than men, who pose a greater risk to other road users, a study has revealed.
And more females in road transport jobs would cut deaths and injuries.
Researchers analysed police and traffic statistics, along with figures from the National Travel Survey and Office for National Statistics data.
They calculated deaths per kilometre in town and country caused by men and women in cars, taxis, vans, buses, lorries, motorbikes and bicycles.
It was found that men posed a “significantly higher risk” to road users in five of the six categories of vehicles studied.
Men in cars and vans caused twice as many deaths as women, rising to four times higher for lorry drivers.
Male bikers caused over ten times more fatalities than women.
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For buses there was no statistical difference.
Researcher Dr Rachel Aldred, of University of Westminster, said that as men dominate most driving jobs, a “greater gender equity would have a positive impact on injuries”.
She called for more women working behind the wheel “given the greater likelihood that other road users will be killed if men rather than women are driving or riding”.