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Women 'bump', men 'crash head-on'

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Female motorists are more likely to have scrapes and bumps than their male counterparts, who have a tendency to collide head-on, a study of more than two million accidents has found.

The research, by car insurance company Diamond, suggests that men possibly drive more aggressively than women.

According to Diamond, women drivers - who get distracted easily - are more likely to put in claims for collisions on roundabouts and hitting vehicles from behind, while men are more prone to head-on collisions, hitting crash barriers and trees or driving up and down embankments.

The study, which looked at five years of accidents, also found that men are more likely to drive through floods or suffer a vehicle fire than women.

Women suffered more than men from having their car broken into and having items taken, while men were more likely to have their vehicle stolen outright.

Diamond's managing director Sian Lewis said that women tend to be in more accidents at slower speeds, where cars are close together, while men are mostly involved in high-speed ones where it is easy to lose control.

"Our research suggests the way men and women drive is different. Possibly men drive faster and more aggressively than women, while women are more easily distracted than men behind the wheel of car."

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