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Men 'more prone to bad road habits'

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Bad driving habits such as driving too fast and drink-driving are more likely to lead to men being involved in crashes than women, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Results showed that men are almost twice as likely to be involved in a collision due to being careless, reckless or in a hurry. They are also more likely to crash because of poor behaviour or inexperience, which offers an explanation as to why men often have to pay higher car insurance premiums than their female counterparts.

Results from the IAM study show that almost twice as many men claim to be "very confident" behind the wheel, although the majority of both sexes rate themselves as "confident" drivers.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "These results show that we need to look at the psychology of male drivers to reduce risky behaviour and over-confidence, but for both sexes accidents could be easily reduced by improving driver skills and lives could be saved.

"The Government is moving towards this by introducing driver training for careless driving offences but all drivers should consider training."

© Press Association 2011