Women Can Park Better Than Men?

By Matthew Askari | January 31, 2012
There are few things most men would admit to being worse at than women, and parking is no exception. But apparently guys, you're wrong. In a new study out of Britain, women scored higher in several facets of parking analysis, and had an overall score of 13.4 out of 20, versus 12.3 for the men. Men were generally faster at parking than women, parking in an average of 16 seconds versus 21 for women, but that's where the good times stopped rolling. Or reversing, as it turns out. Women were found more likely to reverse into a space, which is the preferred method of most British instructors. And here's where stereotypes get fun: Women were better at locating spaces, as men often were driving too fast in parking lots and sometimes missed open spaces. Once found, women were more patient, often adjusting the car to make sure it was centrally parked. In fact, women were more than twice as likely to "centrally park" their cars than men. Amusingly, egos were not to be overlooked; when accompanied by a female passenger, men would "pose park," or try to squeeze into a tight space, even if a bigger one was available. It's important to note that the study took place in Britain (c'mon mate, you're making us all look bad here), and the scoring system was designed by an instructor, Neil Beeson, who's featured on Last Chance Driving School. Beeson said "I was quite surprised by the results, because in my experience men have always been the best learners and usually performed better in lessons." The study was conducted looking at closed-caption TV footage of 453 drivers, and further research was conducted "into the views of 2000 drivers." Last week we reported how men are worse drivers, as they get into more accidents, are more likely to get pulled over, and more likely to get a DUI. What do you think? Are men really worse parkers and drivers? Source: Sydney Morning Herald