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There are in fact gender differences when it comes to speeding, but is it the man, or the woman that is most likely to be caught and does age really make a difference?

Everyday throughout the world thousands of people are injured and killed due to motorists driving their cars too fast. Statistics claim that it is young males who are more risk-takers behind the wheel than females.

Reasons behind speeding

The gender differences are quite clear, men overestimate their abilities believing they are indestructible when it comes to driving. This disillusion means they feel they can get away with anything, they are the ones who would risk not wearing a helmet on a motorbike, not buckling up and drive at too higher speeds.

Biologically speaking, it is all down to hormones, a young man's testosterone is at its highest peak in their late teens; therefore, they are more likely to feel invincible.

The statistics of driving gender differences claims that men have more than 75 per cent chance of dying compared to women on the roads. Generally, women are far safer drivers than men, this has been proven using driving stimulators. Under testing, men were much more prone to knock over a pedestrian than women.

Philologists feel that women may be conforming to the 'good driver' stereotype image.

They believe that a woman's good driving skills and confidence is down to the threat of stereotyping. Statistically though, most women are naturally more safer drivers and so have fewer accidents compared to men.

Why people are speeding

There are many reasons behind why people enjoy speeding and why safety is compromised. The introduction of technology such as mobiles, sat navs, infotainment, faster cars and the sheer reluctance to use common sense re-enforce this. With the introduction of mobile technology a few years ago, we frequently heard about fatal accidents. Even though it is now illegal to use mobile devices while driving, people foolishly still take risks.

Other factors to consider are the sheer love of speeding, which is known to create a sense of freedom. Furthermore, some drivers believe they feel more alert while speeding. Additionally, impatience due to slow traffic or the driver in front syndrome is another primary cause for speeding.

Men are more risk takers, they deliberately love speeding, tailgating, playing with their dashboard instruments and get more aggressive, drink and drive and tend to disregard their seat belt. The most common age for men driving irresponsibly is 17 to 35 years, after thirty-five men start to become less reckless.

All the same, it is not unusual to hear about women having accidents, theirs is usually down to carelessness, but not deliberate negligence. A woman's car is often used as their second home, for some their car has become another wardrobe. The cabin and boot is usually filled with extra clothing and make-up, as a result women can sometimes become distracted. They love to check their dress and may check several times that their make-up looks perfect. Read more on this topic >here.

Some people believe that older drivers are more at risk causing accidents due to frailty. Although this has nothing to do with speeding, older people have the highest percentage of deaths behind the wheel because of an accident. Older people tend to drive too cautiously, meaning they drive slower which can often aggravate younger drivers.

As yet there is no data revealing which cars are more prone to accidents. However, insurance facts confirm that higher powered cars are more likely to speed more than other car types. These include Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Lexus. Motorcycles are virtually on par with high powered cars and van drivers are said to be the safest with a death rate of half of all cars.

The worst time for an accident to occur whether through negligence, or speeding is early morning, late afternoon and the school run times.

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