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More women getting behind the wheel

Millions more women are taking to the road, while driving among men in their 20s is on the decline.

The number of women holding driving licences rose 14% between 1995 and 2010, a travel trends report revealed.

But over the same period, driver licence-holding among men aged 20-29 dipped 14%.

The biggest increase in women drivers has come in north east England, said the report which was co-sponsored by the RAC Foundation, the Office of Rail Regulation, the Independent Transport Commission and Transport Scotland.

The average distance women drove rose 22% between 1995 and 2010, with - again - the biggest rise being in the North East.

Women also contributed to the big growth in rail travel during the same period, according to the report .

In mileage terms, rail passenger travel increased 54% between 1995 and 2010, with the women passenger rate rising 86%.

In the same period, company car mileage - mainly a preserve of men - fell 50%.

The report pointed to a number of social trends for the increase in women's travel patterns.

These included women having their first child at a later date on average, more women working and increased life expectancy for women.

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