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Female drivers have heavier right foot in rental cars
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Female drivers have a heavier right foot in rental cars the study has found

COMPANY car managers have been warned that their women drivers are more likely to speed in rented cars than men!

A nationwide study of driving habits in rental cars has revealed that female customers are considerably more likely to break legal speed limits

The findings come after telematics technology provider, In-Car Cleverness, monitored the hire of more than 10,000 rental vehicles over a six-month period.

Despite driving faster than men, overall women returned far fewer cars to the rental company with damage

Analysis using ‘black box’ devices to monitor driver behaviour showed that women exceeded the speed limit 17.5% more on average.

Yet, despite driving faster than men, overall women returned far fewer cars to the rental company with damage.
In-Car Cleverness found that 84% of the cars returned with dents, scratches and punctures had been rented by male drivers.

However, it also recorded a rather more expected link between damage to rental cars and the number of speeding incidents recorded in those vehicles.

Female drivers who damaged cars sped more often – averaging 90 speeding cases. Men who returned vehicles with damage exceeded the speed limit 82 times on average.

Paul O’Dowd, of In-Car Cleverness, said: “While the number of cars damaged by the opposite sexes varies, the behaviours which result in damage are consistently similar. The statistics show a clear correlation between vehicle damage and instances of speeding, harsh braking and acceleration.”

In-Car Cleverness analysis showed men had braked harshly on average 11 times while using the car and women 12 times. This figure was dramatically higher for women who had damaged the cars, with an average of 30 instances of harsh braking recorded. In comparison, men who returned vehicles with damage braked harshly 15 times on average.


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