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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Women worse at parking than men: Study

Bangalore: A new scientific study has revealed that women are slower and less accurate in parking the car as compared to men. Female drivers take an average of 20 seconds longer to park their cars but are still less likely to end up in the middle of the bay, the research suggests, according to The Telegraph.

A test was conducted amongst 65 participants where they were asked to park Audi A6 family saloon in a standard-sized parking space. They had to do many maneuvers - including head-on, reverse and parallel parking - were timed and rated for accuracy, which was judged by how far they kept the vehicle from the edges of the bay.

The researchers said that it was expected that women will be slower than men but were surprised to find that the cautious approach did not lead to a tidier final result. Dr. Claudia Wolf from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, who led the study, said that the research confirmed previous findings that men have better co-ordination and spatial awareness than women, and take more risks behind the wheel.

"These prejudices exist and as a scientist I decided the find out if they are true or based on myth. I don't think that feminism or the cause of women is in any way set back by these findings. 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," said Wolf to the Mail.

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