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Men 'naturally better drivers'

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Men should be able to secure cheaper car insurance deals if the results of a new experiment are anything to go by.

Researchers tested natural driving abilities in pre-school boys and girls, aged 3-4 years, using Roary the Racing Car electric ride-ons. The study, involving 70 youngsters, was carried out at the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent. It found men were naturally better drivers than women.

Three different trials - a straight race from start to finish, reversing test and navigation around cones - were held to test the pre-schoolers for their concentration, spatial awareness, dexterity, control and overall speed.

It was found that girls got off the grid more quickly than boys at the start of the race and their overall speed was 5% higher when driving in a straight line.

However, boys had better concentration and visual-spatial skills while travelling straight and were 20% better than girls at maintaining their line.

Explaining the choice of pre-schoolers for the test, child psychologist Donna Dawson said boys and girls develop significant differences in brain structure, hormones, and are influenced by culture and society a lot more after this age.

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