Sorry lads ...women are better at parking
WOMEN are better at parking than men, a study suggests.
It is a cliche almost as old as the motor car itself, and the subject of many a sexist joke.
But the idea that women cannot park is simply untrue, according to new research.
Covert surveillance of car parks has shown that while women may take longer to park, they are more likely to leave their vehicles in the middle of a bay.
The study is one of the most comprehensive ever conducted and took into account seven key components of parking.
Women were also found to be better at finding spaces, more accurate in lining themselves up before starting each manoeuvre, and more likely to adopt instructors' preferred method of reversing into bays.
Men were shown to be more skilled at driving forwards into spaces and more confident, with fewer opting to reposition their car once in a bay.
Neil Beeson, a professional driving instructor who devised the experiment, described the results as "surprising".
Mr Beeson said: "In my experience men have always been the best learners and performed better in lessons. But the facts don't lie. We need to give women more respect."
The study was produced by NCP, which employed a team of researchers to observe 2,500 drivers across 700 car parks over a month.