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Motor insurers allay fears in scared women drivers..

An increasing number of women drivers are turning a blind eye when it comes to pulling over to help out other road users. Figures released by www.carrentals.co.uk, compiled as a result of a recent survey carried out, highlighted that a mere 28% of women drivers would offer their assistance at an accident scene, if driving alone. 65% of men on the other hand suggested they would if they found themselves in a similar position.

Bravado aside, there's been a worrying upsurge in the amount of women drivers who feel they couldn't physically run, what they consider to be a increasing risk, even though it goes against their natural instinct to help out those in need, due to the escalation in cases of threatening behaviour aimed toward women drivers that have recently been reported. Some 15% of women drivers, (and 11% of their male counterparts) confess that they've been on the receiving end of victimisation from bullies, and borne witness to somewhat aggressive tactics whilst on the roads. Percentage-wise, translating to a staggering statistic of 4.5million, of an estimated 34.5, driving licence holders in the UK; and in terms that will do nothing to allay fears amongst women drivers, revealing that almost 1 in every 6 female motorists has admitted to having had experienced intimidation behind the wheel.

Close to 1000 motorists were questioned as part of the study addressing the rising number of incidents involving drivers, especially women, and of them, 1 in 14 women drivers disclosed they have previously, or at the very least considered, keeping a weapon in their vehicle to serve as means of self protection. Regionally, this interprets as 14% of Londoners, and those living in the Midlands , as most likely candidates to take this extreme stance. However, drivers from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are not far behind on 12%. On further reading, our capital city, London, is put under the spotlight again, in as much as its said to be the region where the largest proportion of related incidents have occurred; where 18% of motorists conferred they been victimised. Closely followed by the South East in general (16%), and the North West (15%). Scotland was noted as being the safest place, where only 2% of drivers had encountered road rage behind this, it's most socially unacceptable, of public faces.

When placed under scrutiny, as an integral chapter of carrentals.co.uk specific Road Sense 2006 campaign, 79% of the women drivers who agreed to take part in the far-reaching research fervently believe, and to a certain extent feel, that 'Road Bullying', as it has been dubbed by the media, has become more commonplace, and, if we're not careful, will, in the foreseeable future become virtually acceptable as a disturbing, yet unvanquished facet of driving in the 21 st century. Bordering on 13% of these very same women steadfastly maintain an alarming lack of self-confidence when it comes to driving alone in their vehicles, whether at day or night. A continual fear of aggressive drivers is cited as the predominant reasoning behind this admission.

Incredibly, observations documented by a cross-section of women drivers included such instances as been chased down motorways, followed home, being subjected to tirades of verbal abuse, and by far the most distressing missive of all - suffering actual bodily harm in the aftermath of sustained violent attacks.

It's living in this general climate of trepidation and perpetual expectation that manifests itself so graphically, when 43% of women drivers feel they have to implement rigorous, systematic checks both inside and outside their vehicles before alighting, purely for peace of mind. Once in the relative safety of their vehicle, an astounding 70% of women drivers lock their doors, and close all windows with immediate effect, by force of habit, to ensure some degree of self-preservation it appears.

Therefore it comes as no surprise to learn that 0.5 percent of women drivers would stop for a hitch-hiker.

In the event of being threatened by an aggressive motorist, women drivers again are the most likely to head for the nearest garage or service station to phone the police, or raise the alarm to any passers-by. Whereas some 7% of men would take the mis-guided approach of confronting any aggressors.

Andrew Stevens is the Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, and he is outraged that the situation has grown in the manner it has, and that women drivers live in this seemingly habitual shadow of fear:

"These results highlight the fear that now exists on our roads, we are pleased to see both women and men aware of safety issues, however it also highlights how bad our roads have become when drivers are afraid to stop and help at an accident if driving alone"

Don't be afraid to discuss any motoring issues that concern you with the team here at Girlmotor.com, who offer the complete service for women drivers, not just the cheapest motor insurance.

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