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Women Better Car Parker's than Men

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, February 6, 2012
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Bangalore: Gone are the days when men were considered better drivers. The researchers at Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany, conducted a new study which is considered as one of the most comprehensive study ever conducted on gender driving differences and as per their findings when it comes to parking, female drivers are more apt than men. The researchers took a review of CCTV footage from around 700 British car parks and interviews of 2,000 drivers, considering a certain range of factors including the method used and the time taken; ranked the women on top with a total score of 13.4 out of 20, compared to 12.3 points achieved by men.
The research focused on seven major areas i.e. how fast drivers found a parking space, how they drove into it, how long it took to park, how much they repositioned the car, and the final result.

Women were found to be better at finding spaces for parking, more accurate in lining themselves up before starting each evasive action and more likely to adopt instructors' preferred method of reversing into bays. Women were also more likely to leave their vehicles in the middle of a parking bay while parking. Overall Men were shown to be more skilled at driving forwards into spaces and more confident, but few of them only opted to reposition their car once in a bay, rest due to their impatience drove too quickly around car parks, missing free bays.
The results have driven off the myth that men have better spatial awareness than women. Although Women were slow in their approach, yet three quarters of women were found to excel in their so-called "pre-parking pose" being better able to notice spaces compared to just over half of men observed.

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