Figures revealed by a Driving Standards Agency study into reasons given by examiners for failing learners showed women clocked up 857,000 major errors last year. Men made 646,000.
The data showed women were most likely to fail for reverse parking, steering mistakes and missed gear changes, though the study did find men are boy racers.They often fail for going too fast, ignoring lights or missing signs.
The most common reason for failing a driving test for both sexes was not spotting a hazard at a road junction just ahead of failing to check mirrors.
Women need praise from men to help them become better drivers, experts said last night.
Psychologist Dr Zachary Estes is quoted as saying “Our research suggests that by making a woman feel better about herself she’ll become better at spatial tasks such as parking the car or reading a map.”
Recent research into 19,000 drivers showed that women were up to a fifth safer than men once they passed their tests.