But why? Could it be because the husband becomes the main driver as a couple get older?
According to a new study conducted by the AA, elderly female drivers are almost three times more likely to be involved in a road accident and this may be because the husband becomes the main driver as a couple gets older.
The study found that for every billion miles covered by women aged over 70, around 173 of them are killed or seriously injured in a road accident, this in comparison to 63 for male drivers aged the same.
For drivers aged 17 to 20, the reverse is the case, as male drivers in this age group are more than three time more likely to be involved in a road accident compared to women in the same age bracket.
The AA trust thinks the reason for these figures could be down to the fact that men generally become the main driver within a marriage as they get older, which means women have less driving experience compared to males over a lifetime.
Also, because women have a greater life expectancy, they are more likely to be driving on their own much later in life.
According to the study of Office for National Statistics figures, males over the age of 65 are six times more likely than females to become the main driver in a relationship.
One third of women drivers give up their licence once they reach the age of 70 compared to just one tenth of male drivers.
“Being the default driver means men are more likely to gain greater driving experience throughout their life,” said Edmund King, AA Charitable Trust Director, adding: “When they reach old age, this bank of experience is a great asset and may be one of the reasons why men are so much more likely than women to keep their driving licence past the age of 70.”
Mr King also said: “It may also help explain why women drivers become increasingly more likely than men of the same age to be killed or seriously injured in a crash.”
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