Men v. Women in Driving Test Results & Accident Rates

Although men are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than women, a new study finds that women in the U.K. are much more likely to fail their driving tests.

According to 2014-2015 British government statistics, 17-year-old female driving test candidates are 7 percent less likely to pass on their first attempt than male candidates of the same age.

At age 20, the figures doubled as statistics showed that women are 15 percent less likely to pass than men.

A similar pattern followed as the percentage continued to increase with age. At age 30, the percentage increased to 25 percent, and at age 50, women are 50 percent less likely to pass the test.

"Young men tend to deal with the mechanics of driving extremely well but as soon as they have passed the test, they are more likely to push the car," a spokesman for the Automobile Association (AA) said, according to The Guardian.

According to the statistics, in 2014, 113,006 male drivers were involved in accidents, while only 69,245 involved female drivers.

"Accidents involving young men tend to be more catastrophic and to involve other people," the AA spokesman said.