Men and women 'cause different car accidents'

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21 September 2005, HANOVER, GERMANY - Car accidents caused by men and women differ substantially although both sexes cause about the same number of collisions, according to recent German research.

21 September 2005

HANOVER, GERMANY - Car accidents caused by men and women differ substantially although both sexes cause about the same number of collisions, according to recent German research.

Women mainly cause accidents at low speed for instance by missing a yield sign, whereas men are often responsible for an accident while speeding, according to research conducted by the Medical- Psychological Institute of the Technical Monitoring Association (TUeV).

"Men have a tendency to express their self-esteem by driving a car with men especially under 30 taking a high risk," traffic psychologist Bernd Pund said.

Women on the other hand were more safety conscious with a tendency to avoid dangerous situations. "Their driving is of a more polite and defensive nature. Men however have a better sense of orientation, see to it that the car is serviced properly and is in a safe condition," according to the psychologist.

DPA

Subject: German news

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