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London - More than half of men - 52 percent - pass their practical driving test out on the roads at the first attempt compared to 39 percent of women, a new survey reveals.

When it comes to the theory test held in the classroom, 64 percent of men succeed at the first attempt, against 54 percent of women.

Men also needed fewer driving lessons, typically taking between 16 and 20 hours.

In contrast, women needed 41 hours as L-plate drivers before passing, according to the survey of 1500 British motorists.

Despite this, men are more likely to be involved in car crashes – males account for 74 percent of all UK road deaths and 70 percent of serious injury accidents.

A spokesman for Car Parts 4 Less, which commissioned the research, said: "As well as taking less time to pick up driving skills, men were also more likely to pass their theory and practical tests the first time compared to women."