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January 31, 2012

Official: women better parkers than men

by Gill Montia

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After years of debate comes confirmation that women are better parkers than men.

A month-long study by NCP took various aspects of parking including technique, accuracy and time taken, to produce a “parking coefficient” score which stands at 13.4 for women and 12.3 for men.

Women excelled themselves in a number of areas including adopting an appropriate space-finding speed, adopting a good pre-parking pose and ending up in a central position.

Women drivers generally took longer than men to complete their parking manoeuvres (21 seconds compared with 16 second) and men were happier with the position of their cars once in the space.

Only 29% of men chose to start “repositioning” the car, while 56% of women found themselves shuffling forward and backwards to try and obtain a better final position.

Despite this confidence displayed by men, it seems that the “female shuffle” pays off, as women beat men hands down with the final position of the vehicle.

More than half of women were found to have parked centrally, compared to only a quarter of men.

Commenting on the findings, the senior driving instructor from ITV’s “Last Chance Driving School”, Neil Beeson, says: “I was quite surprised by the results, because in my experience men have always been the best learners and usually performed better in lessons.

“However, it’s possible that women have retained the information better. The results also appear to dispel the myth that men have better spatial awareness than women.”

 

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