Women better at reverse parking
IT IS a well-known fact that men and women will fiercely defend the driving skills of their gender, arguing it's the other half that is less superior on the road.
Survey results released this week from car parks operator NCP may have the answer to settle the long-running dispute - according to them, women are better in the driving seat, at least when it comes to reverse parking.
The study analysed 450 drivers using CCTV records and surveyed a further 2000.
It looked at technique, accuracy and time taken to complete the manoeuvre.
Of a total of 20 marks, women received an average of 13.4 while men scored 12.3.
These results were no surprise to driving instructor Gail Lobley, of Mrs Kool's Driving School, who said there were definite traits to each gender when it came to driving.
"Girls are more conscious in their judgment and it's in their nature," she said.
"They're more determined to get the car straight behind the other; it's neater."
Ms Lobley said she had had one reverse-parking accident in her four years of instructing, which incidentally was at the fault of a male learner driver.
"I've found guys are more confident, possibly because lots of them have done paddock driving," she said.
In Warwick streets opinions were mixed.
"It's like anything; the more practice drivers do the better they'll be," said tradesman Dan Roche.
"I'd say drivers here would be better than city drivers."
Keith Hartshorne said there weren't many opportunities to practice reverse parallel parking in Warwick.
"You have to reverse park a lot more in Brisbane," he said.
Daughter Elizabeth said women tended to be more reluctant to try things such as reverse parking compared to men.
And to all Warwick men, to quote what Kochie said on Sunrise yesterday, please don't shoot the messenger - though she may have a slightly smug look on her face.