A new study suggests that women are better at parking cars than men. Video collected from cameras in car parks has been analysed and shows that women tend to be better at manoeuvring a vehicle, and are more likely to leave it in the centre of a parking bay, although they do take longer to park.
The analysis also shows that women are more adept at finding parking spaces and are better at lining up a vehicle before driving it into those spaces. Men were found to be better at driving a car forward into a bay, but are less prepared to spend time repositioning it once they have stopped.
The driving instructor in charge of the nationwide experiment, Neil Beeson, said he was surprised by the results. He explained that during his career he had always found that men were generally better learners. He added that his experiment seemed to suggest that women were better retainers of the information they had been given.
A team of researchers was employed by car park operators NCP to look at the behaviour of drivers in 2,500 car parks across the UK. The person’s parking was analysed and marked so that a parking coefficient could be produced for both sexes.
More than 75 per cent of women excelled at setting themselves up for getting into a parking space, compared to around half of the men observed. However, men were quicker at actually completing the parking manoeuvre.