Who is the better driver, male or female? This is a debate that has been going on for so long, what came before, the chicken or the egg?

While the debate will continue, new telematics data from Netstar suggests that women are better drivers than men.

This will no doubt piss some guys off, but Netstar explains.

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That insight is one of the takeaways from customer incident data released by Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron.

The new data tallies the reported incidents of vehicle collisions, sudden braking, sudden acceleration and sudden turns as a percentage of the total number of male and female Netstar customers.

“On all measures, women performed better than men.” Sorry guys.

The report also shows reported vehicle impacts (such as hitting potholes, curbs or other vehicles) by female customers made up 1.3% of Netstar’s total customers over the period measured, compared to 1.4% for males.

In terms of sudden braking, the reported incidents are 16.9% of women and 22.8% of men.

The figures for sharp acceleration are 4.5% for women and 10% for men. For hard turns, the proportions are 13.2% (women) versus 18.8% (men).

Netstar chief technology officer Cliff de Wit said the results showed their female customers drove better than their male customers over the four months measured.

“The data was collected using Netstar telematics – a combination of vehicle sensors, GPS and telecommunications technology that supports new offerings such as vehicle insurance and usage-based underwriting.”

“The data provides direct, real-time information to help insurers understand customers’ driving behaviour, allowing them to set premiums accordingly and incentivize safer and more sustainable driving,” De Wit said.

Netstar said its data supported the findings of a recent study of UK road fatality data.

“The data showed that there were more deaths per billion kilometers among men than among women. This applied to all types of vehicles – cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles, buses and bicycles.’

De Wit said that despite the findings of such studies, they encourage drivers of all gender identities to drive safely and use their telematics data to improve performance and protect lives.

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