Everyone has heard the sexist cliches about ‘women drivers’ but a new study says they found the women and men in their survey group revealed a trend contradicting that old discriminatory view.
The NCP Parking Report studied 2,500 UK drivers. Some of the activities documented were:
- Appropriate space finding speed
- Good or very good ‘pre-parking pose ‘
- Reverse into space
- Forward into space
- Speed of manoeuvre
In most of the eight categories women were observed to be better, except for one which was speed of manoeuvre. At first glance, it might seem the men had done better because they parked more quickly. However, parking quickly might actually be one of the reason the men did worse in the other categories because going slower generally indicates caution and thoughtfulness when parking. In other words, being in a hurry makes it more likely one might bump nearby cars, rub your tires hard against a curb, drive up on the curb, brush against a wall or tree and so forth.
Another indication of the extra care the women drivers took was that over 50% of the time, they parked centrally, meaning they positioned their cars in the middle of each parking space. Men did this about 26% of the time in the survey. Are the results showing women to be better at parking specific to the United Kingdom, or are they generalizable to other countries as well? One could argue women generally are more conscious of the group experience and rules of etiquette, so that might explain why the women in the study were more careful and courteous while parking.
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