Women drivers in their early 20s have been hit by increases in car insurance and other drivers, who have seen a dip in insurance costs, could be set for a rise in premiums.
In the April-June 2006 period, the average premiums for women drivers aged 21-25 rose 1.4 per cent, according to internet www.confused.com. The average premium for a woman in her early 20s is now £571.62.
Average premiums for all drivers fell in April-June 2006, but only from £555.66 to £554.96. This suggests premiums might rise in the third quarter of this year.
The most expensive premiums are currently to be found in north-west England where the average is £703.29. The least expensive are in southwest England, with an average of £456.78.
The most expensive premium, on average, is £2,366 for a 17-20 year old male driver in north-west England, while the cheapest is £152.16 for a 51-60-year-old female driver in northern Scotland. l Most cyclists who regularly ride to work or for pleasure do not have proper insurance cover, new research has shown.
Cycling group CTC warned that cyclists faced legal claims for compensation if they were involved in an accident.