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More female drivers could cut road fatalities, according to research

More female drivers could cut road fatalities, according to research

Transport companies should look to add more women to their workforce to improve safety, according to researchers at the University of Westminster.

The calls follow a new study which found that men pose a “significantly higher” risk to other road users than women drivers.  

For cars and vans, the risk posed by male drivers was double that posed by women per kilometre driven, rising to four times higher for lorry drivers, and more than 10 times higher for motorbike riders.

Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Dr Rachel Aldred said: “Greater gender equity would have a positive impact on [the number of] injuries. Policy-makers should be looking to measure the risk posed to others, and how to reduce it.”

The comprehensive research combined data from the Police Injury Statistics, Road Traffic Statistics, National Travel Survey data, and the Office for National Statistics.

You can’t argue with stats. Or can you? 

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