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Men and Women Are Terrible Drivers in Different Ways

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.