Published on Jan 13, 2011 by Edgar Snyder

Teen Girls Admit to Speeding More Than Teen Boys

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Some car insurance companies are changing their rates because recent research shows that a common assumption about teen drivers may not be true – teen girls aren't necessarily more responsible drivers than boys.

An Allstate Insurance Co. survey of over 1,000 teens found the following:

  • 48 percent of girls said they are likely to drive 10 miles per hour above the speed limit.
  • 38 percent of teen boys admitted to speeding.
  • 16 percent of the girls described their own driving as aggressive, a five percent increase from 2005.
  • Over half of the girls said they are likely to use a cell phone while they drive, compared to 38 percent of the boys.

Teens also revealed their feelings about their friends' driving. While 65 percent of all respondents said they are confident in their own driving abilities, 77 percent said they had felt unsafe when another teen was driving. Only 23 percent of teens though that most teenagers are good drivers.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to government statistics. Over 4,000 teenagers ages 13 to 19 died in car accidents, as both drivers and passengers, in 2008. Boys account for about two-thirds of those killed.

"Do Girls Speed More Than Boys?" The Wall Street Journal. May 5, 2010.
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