Young male drivers are more than twice as likely to speed as their female counterparts, new telematics analysis suggests.
Analysis of more the 4.5 billion miles of driving data, compiled by telematics insurer insurethebox, shows that, on average, male drivers (17-25 years) are likely to speed ‘a significant 56%’ more frequently than female drivers of the same age.
It also suggests new drivers are three times more likely to crash in the first three months of their policy, compared to the final three months of thier first year of driving.
The analysis follows THINK!’s ‘Road Whisperer’ campaign, which sets out to raise awareness of different scenarios that can be challenging for new drivers, including driving at night and on country roads.
The data shows that despite only 4% of road use taking place between midnight and 5am, 23% of insurethebox accident alerts happen during these hours.
Meanwhile, young drivers are 30% more likely to have a collision if they speed on country roads – where a quarter of all serious or fatal crashes occur.
Simon Rewell, road safety manager at insurethebox, said: “The recent campaign from THINK! was a great reminder for new motorists of the risks of speeding, driving at night and driving on country roads.
“A driver’s first year after passing is the ideal time to create safe driving habits.
“Our goal is to empower young motorists to take control of their driving behaviour by working with them to understand the risks they’re taking.
“We proactively communicate with our drivers who speed and this communications programme has resulted in a 28% reduction in speeding instances among the highest risk drivers.
“For young drivers accident frequency has reduced by 9%.”
insurethebox uses individual driver data to determine the risk profile of each policyholder through a black box installed in the vehicle.
It shares each customer’s personal driving data through an online portal, empowering them to manage their driving habits in order to earn monthly bonuses.