Researchers using surveillance equipment to monitor car parks inUKhave found that while women drivers may take longer to park than their male counterparts, they are also more likely to leave the vehicle in the centre of the space.
Scientists from Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany used hidden cameras to record the driving habits of both men and women in what is thought to be one of the largest ever studies into the differences between the two genders when it comes to parking.
Watching back over recordings taken in British car parks, the German team were monitoring and rating seven separate parts of the parking process and gave each driver a total score. Overall, women scored an average of 13.4 out of 20, compared to the men’s score of 12.3.
Women were better at taking the time to reverse into a parking space and positioning the vehicle in the middle of a parking bay, as well as finding empty spaces quickly in the first place; men, on the other hand, were found to be more confident when it came to driving forwards into spaces and were also less likely to try and move the car once it was in position.
The study had been devised by driving instructor Neil Beeson on behalf of NCP, and observed over 2,000 drivers in nearly 700 car parks across theUKduring a 30-day period. Beeson himself was surprised at the research team’s findings, adding that although men usually make the better pupils and pick up skills like parking quickly, it appears that women are better at retaining the information in the long term.
Statistics from the Driving Standards Agency back up Beeson’s anecdotal evidence, with last year’s figures indicating that thousands more women than men failed their driving test because of errors in parking manoeuvres.