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Allstate report says girl teen drivers ‘more distracted’ than boys

Posted on: February 18, 2010

Differences between the sexes are becoming less noticeable when it comes to teenage driving.

In what seems like a role reversal, girls are expressing a new need for speed, while aggressive driving and speeding by boys is down.

According to Allstate Foundation’s “Shifting Teen Attitudes: The State of Teen Driving 2009,” 27 percent of girls admit to speeding at least 10 miles over the speed limit, vs. 19 percent of boys.

Also, 16 percent of girls report that they are very aggressive while driving, up from 9 percent in 2005. Meanwhile, 13 percent of teen boys admitted to being very aggressive while driving, vs. 20 percent in 2005.

“As more young women participate in activities like competitive sports and take on a more assertive lifestyle, they’re narrowing the gender gap when it comes to risk taking in all aspects of their life,” Allan Williams, former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said in a statement. But don’t expect teen boys to catch a break on their insurance rates.

“Experience still shows female drivers are safer than boys at this age,” Allstate spokesman Raleigh Floyd said. “Until those figures change, our rating isn’t going to change.” Plus, sex is one of many factors that go into insurance pricing, he said.

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