The fairer sex won't be too happy about this, but a German study has shown that men are better at parking than women. The results of this study may potentially cause some outrage, but its really not as bad as it seems for women.
The results of the study show that female drivers take 20 seconds longer than their male counterparts to park a car, and even if they do get their cars parked, they are more likely to be crooked than a car parked by males, Telegraph reported. The experiment was conducted as such: 65 people were rounded up and asked to park an Audi A6, a fairly large but not exactly huge car, into a standard parking space.
And it wasn't just conventional vertical-reverse parking that was tested. Head-on and parallel parking was timed and tested as well and each type of parking was rated for accuracy according to the distance kept away from the sides of the parking space. The initial hypothesis from the scientists who carried out the experiment was that women would be the poorer of the two genders, but what surprised them was that the "cautious approach" did not help them park any better according to the Telegraph.
Dr Claudi Wolf from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany was the leader of the study and she said that these results confirmed that males have better spatial awareness and coordination than females. Furthermore, the study also revealed that males take more risks while driving than females, which will explain why most reckless drivers are male.
The age old 'woman driver la' scoff seems to bear some truth, but Dr Claudi is quick to defend the female species by saying that "It only proves what previous studies about the spatial differences between men and women have shown."
"Besides, it is not as if there was a massive failing by women. It is just about parking - not the triumph of men over women."
Relax girls, males are worse at lots more important stuff...