Men 'better prepared for car trouble than women'

Although women are seen in fewer road traffic accident claims than men, men are better prepared for the immediate consequences of motor vehicle accidents than women, an investigation by Saga Breakdown Assistance has revealed.

The study found that men are more likely to pack torches, warning triangles and high-visibility clothing in their cars than women are. Conversely, women are more likely to pack a blanket, food, and water than men, with Saga suggesting this is because women are more worried about being comfortable than men are.

The study also found that people in East Anglia and the South East are the most likely to keep emergency kits in their cars, whereas people in the North West are the least likely to.

Furthermore, over half of people over the age of 50 drive around with a first aid kit, 40% carry a blanket in the car boot and 55% bring a torch with them, with around nine-tenths of over 50s carrying some emergency supplies in their car.

Saga Services Chief Executive Roger Ramsden said that the “best motto” for drivers to follow is “be prepared”.

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