Are men or women better drivers?

It's an age-old battle, and one that few are brave enough to weigh in on, but the competition to discover whether men or women are the better drivers may finally have produced a result. 

What was previously little more than an argument can now be backed up with cold hard facts thanks to research from the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) in South Australia. For fleet managers, this could alter bragging rights for their drivers, and is likely to result in a few smug faces throughout their fleets. So, what did the RAA find?

Whether or not men will accept that women are better drivers, insurance claims data from the RAA has discovered that women are in fact the safest drivers on Australian roads. 

The organisation studied over 100,000 insurance claims made over the past two years, discovering that women made a total of 7,000 less claims in that time. 

As if that wasn't enough proof, male drivers were also responsible for close to three-quarters of all vehicle write-offs and claims for serious damage.

However, women drivers couldn't claim a clean sweep of the proceedings, with the data revealing they were more likely to hit parked cars than their male counterparts. Overall, however, women still claimed top honours. 

The data is likely to come as a wake up call for Australian drivers, especially with the results being so skewed in one direction. With the RAA also confirming that 90 per cent of all car accidents on the state's roads are the result of human error, the country's motorists need to reevaluate their approaches to safer driving techniques.

There are a number of initiatives around the country targeted at achieving this. The Road Safety Commission in Western Australia, for example, has its "Toward Zero" campaign that boldly aims to reduce WA's road toll to zero by 2020.