Research has revealed that women perform poorly in tasks involving navigation and spatial awareness when compared to men.
Psychologists Queen Mary, University of London, who conducted the study, believe the findings mean driving in a strange environment would be more difficult for women than for male motorists.
Women tend to rely on local landmarks to get around, and are also slower to take in spatial information.
Although women are more successful in tests requiring them to remember the position of objects, men consistently do better in tasks requiring navigation and uncovering hidden objects.
Women are going to take a lot longer to reach their destination, making more errors, taking wrong turns etc. They need more rich local landmarks.
Men commit nine times as many motoring offences as women. Home Office figures show that the vast majority dealt with by courts for every type of traffic offence are male.
The disparity between the sexes is greatest for the most serious offences, with men guilty of 97 per cent of dangerous driving offences and 94 per cent for causing death or bodily harm.
Women's speeding offences have risen by four percentage points in the past five years yet still constitute only 17 per cent of the total. Women are far less likely to have high-speed collisions resulting in death.
Parking appears to be the only area of driving in which women have a poorer record. Insurance claims showed women were twice as likely to have a collision in a car park, were 23 per cent more likely to hit a stationary car and 15 per cent more likely to reverse into another car.
Steve Stradling, Professor of Transport Psychology at Napier University, Edinburgh, said: "A key factor is that women get less fun out of risk-taking. People speed because they are under pressure, and women have different patterns of obligations. Men are more likely to speed to make a business appointment."
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