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Women fuel rise in driving

CAR use is increasing more rapidly in Scotland than the rest of the UK, fuelled by an increase in female drivers.

The amount Scots drive increased by 6% in the latter half of the last decade, and stood at an average of 3525 miles a year between 2008 and 2010, according to the RAC Foundation study.

This means people are, for the first time, driving more in Scotland than the UK as a whole, where car use has fallen by 6%.

The report attributes the upsurge in car use to a 14% increase in the number of female licence holders, which has compensated for a 14% decline in male drivers aged 20 to 29.

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