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While historically women drivers have gotten a bad rap for their abilities, statistics have shown that it may not be true that men are better drivers. While men may have superior automotive knowledge, this does not appear to help them when they get pulled over by police. When it comes to obeying the law, women seemingly have the edge.

According to CBS News, men are more than three times more likely to be cited for reckless driving. In addition, they are more than three times more likely to receive a DUI violation.

Men also outpace women when it comes to other types of moving violations. Statistic Brain reports that men were 1.75 times more likely to receive a speeding ticket and more than 1.5 times more likely to be ticketed for failing to stop at a stop sign and for failing to yield. Men also received 3.08 times more tickets for seatbelt violations than did women.

In general, women tend to be less aggressive drivers than men and are more likely to follow the rules of the road. This difference is readily apparent when it comes time to purchase car insurance. Auto insurance policies for women generally are about nine percent cheaper than similar policies for their male peers. However, an increase in distracted driving habits among teenage female drivers may close this gap at some point in the near future. In addition, the disparity in the number of tickets issued to men and women could be the result of gender-biased policing and not necessarily an accurate reflection of driving ability.

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