Female drivers more likely to hit parked cars according to new study

Female drivers more likely to hit parked cars according to new study

A recent study by Diamond insurance revealed that women drivers are more likely to crash into a parked car.

But don't think men fare much better; the study found that men are more commonly involved in multi-car pile-ups or accidents where someone walking on the pavement is hit.
Diamond studied more than 400,000 accident claims over the last five years to pinpoint the different types of collisions that male and female drivers are involved in.

The results comes just a month after European "gender rules" took effect, meaning insurance companies could no longer discriminate against sex.

But findings show women drivers tend to be involved in low-impact collisions in places such as car parks, while men are more often caught up in "destructive" high-speed crashes.

Diamond managing director Dave Halliday said: "Accidents caused by men are on average more costly than those caused by women.

"This was why in the past women paid lower insurance premiums than men.

"It's a month since the EU gender directive came in and our research clearly shows there are differences between men and women."

Researchers also found that overall, men are more likely to have their car stolen, suffer flood damage, have something stolen from their car and claim for fuel contamination.

Research from AA Insurance published this week found that the typical annual comprehensive car insurance policy for a driver who shops around fell to £789 in January, marking a 2.9% decrease on October and the lowest average since October 2011.

However, the typical quote for a woman aged between 17 and 22 increased by 4.7% to £1,464 while the quote for a young man in the same age group dropped by 1.9%, to £1,858.

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