Men are 6.4% more likely than women to pass their practical driving test, despite being at greater risk on the road after passing, according to the IAM.
According to the IAM’s findings, which are a result of analysing pass rates statistics from the DfT published in August 2012, while young men are more likely to pass their driving test, they are also three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured behind the wheel.
The IAM provides Bradford (Heaton) as an example, where the pass rate for men is 39%, compared to 26% for women. Yet, in 2010, 22 young male drivers in Bradford were killed or seriously injured in car accidents, while this figure for young women was just four.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “As men make up the majority of drivers, a slight variation in figures can be expected. However, these figures suggest something is going wrong with the way we teach new drivers to cope with risk on the road.
“Unless we can crack the gender problem in road safety young men will continue to die in higher numbers.
“These findings must be used to inform research to find out why pass rates and causes of fatal car accidents vary so much between men and women.”
For more information contact the IAM on 020 8996 9777.