More women take to Britain's roads

More women take to Britain's roads

Fewer men in their 20s are driving but more women are hitting the road, according to a report.

Research into travel trends revealed that the number of women holding licences grew by 14% between 1995 and 2010, while the same period also saw a 14% drop in 20-29 year-old males having licences.

One reason for this trend could be the highercar insurance premiums young male drivers are forced to pay compared to their female counterparts.

The report, which was co-sponsored by the Independent Transport Commission, the Office of Rail Regulation and Transport Scotland, revealed that the largest surge in women motorists was in the North East.

Results also showed that the average mileage driven by women increased by 22% during that period, with the North East once again seeing the biggest climb.

Researchers also noted that women were a major factor in the large growth of rail travel miles (54%) during that time, with the female passenger rate growing by 86%.

One of the biggest falls was seen in company car mileage, with a 50% fall. Researchers said this contributed to London being the only area of Britain that saw a decline in traffic before the recession in 2008.

Copyright Press Association 2012