Insurance companies may be the only ones who still care whether men or women are the better drivers. Their verdict seems to be in: They do charge men more for car insurance. A 25-year-old male driver in, for example, Oakland, Calif., with no tickets or accidents, will pay up to $358 more for auto insurance than a woman with the same profile, according to a recent analysis by Insurance.com. The gap may narrow as men age, but it still adds up to thousands over the course of a lifetime.
Women still have plenty of fender-benders. A 1993 study by the University of Michigan found that women had higher rates of non-injury accidents than men for every age group over 25. A more recent study revealed that women were more likely to be struck while making turns at an intersection.