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Men and Women Drive Differently, Says German Study

A survey of 150,000 insurance policy holders in Germany has confirmed differences in motoring habits between men and women.

Red car driving by a yellow field

The report confirms gender preconceptions -- at least as far as driving is concerned

The poll, conducted by the business consultancy NAFI on behalf of the Capital Investor finance weekly, confirmed most perceptions of men and women drivers.

For example, 16 percent of German men allow friends to drive their car while the figure is about 25 percent for women.

The survey also revealed different attitudes towards expenditure on cars between men and women. Men prefer to take the wheel of a car that is, in general, more expensive than the vehicle owned by a woman.

Only 2 percent of women buy a car for more than 50,000 euros ($78,600) while the figure is 5.1 percent for men.

Men also clock more kilometers than women. Some 46 percent of German male drivers drive between 12,000 to 30,000 kilometers (7,460 to 18,640 miles) a year while 60 percent of women drive less than 12,000 kilometers a year.

"The male-female comparison confirms most preconceptions," said NAFI CEO Ivana Hoeltring when presenting the results.

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