Data from Netstar has suggested that the driving battle of the sexes appears to have been won by women.
This insight is one of the conclusions from customer-incident data released this week by stolen vehicle recovery and fleet intelligence company Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron.
The new data calculates registered incidences of vehicle impacts, harsh braking, harsh acceleration and harsh cornering from a percentage of male and women Netstar customers.
On every metric, women performed better than men.
Registered vehicle impacts, such as hitting potholes, kerbs or other vehicles, by women customers represented 1.3% of the total number of Netstar’s women customer base during the period measured, compared to 1.4% for men.
In terms of harsh braking, registered incidents represented 16.9% of women members and 22.8% of male members. The numbers for harsh acceleration are 4.5% for women and 10% for men. For harsh cornering, the proportions are 13.2% for women versus 18.8% for men.
Netstar chief technology officer Cliff de Wit said:
The data was compiled between April and July.
“The data was gathered using Netstar telematics – a combination of vehicle sensors, GPS and telecommunications technology and supports emerging offerings, such as usage-based vehicle insurance and underwriting,” explained de Wit.
The data provide direct, real-time information to help insurers understand client driving behaviour, which allows them to set relevant premiums and incentivise safer drivers.
The Netstar data supports the findings of a recent survey of road fatality data published in the UK. The study by Injury Prevention, a publication of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, found a large gender imbalance in terms of driving performance and the risk posed by male drivers.
The data found there were more fatalities per billion kilometres travelled among men than there were among women. This was true for all vehicle types – cars, vans, lorries, motorcycles, buses and bicycles.
“Despite the outcome of such studies, we encourage drivers of all gender identities to drive safely and use their telematics data to improve their performance and protect lives,” De Wit concluded.