DfT statistics show that men are three times as likely to be killed or injured on the hard shoulder than women (Which?).
The deaths and injuries are related to car breakdowns at the roadside.
Philip Hodson, fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, said: ‘Men tend to be ego-driven, meaning that they prefer to be seen as the rescuer in situations like a car breakdown. They will, more often than not, tend to believe that they can fix the problem even if, in reality, they couldn’t even begin to comprehend the car’s technology.
“Women, on the other hand, are more realistic – about their own technical competence, the danger involved in the situation or even just that they don’t want to get their hands dirty. So they are naturally more inclined to follow the safety rules.”
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