Are females actually poor at parking, or sensible?
An AA survey has found that 25% of female motorists are not confident with parallel parking. This is higher than the 11% of male motorists, who admitted to the same.
Over 20,000 adults took part in the survey. Other findings showed that women were twice as likely to change their parking plans last minute. This is due to a lack of confidence or skill in parking.
But, is this a skills gap, or is it that men are more confident with parking? Often trying to squeeze into tight spots when it would be more prudent to drive on to a bigger space. Figures from ChipsAway, suggest this might be the case. Over 70% of our customers are male, and many of the small bumper scuffs we repair are a result of parking accidents.
Tim Harris, our Chief Executive comments;
“A large proportion of the damage we repair has is due to parking incidents. Many bumper scuffs, scratches and minor dents are as a result of bad parking. Low-speed damage is normally a result of squeezing into increasingly smaller parking spaces. Or, from misjudging the space available. With over 70% of our customers being male, it would suggest that men are not as cautious as women, at least when it comes to parking!”
So, rather than trying to squeeze into the first place you see, you’re probably better off moving to an easier space. The lower confidence women have in parking may mean that they are more cautious with their parking. Decreasing the number of minor bodywork repairs needed.