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I've a confession: my spatial abilities are those of a woman. Terrible thing to admit. As with any respectable scientific treatise, I should first define my terms. By spatial abilities, I refer to judging distance, movement and angles, particularly in the driving and the parking of cars. By woman, I mean the species that is like man, but infinitely more interesting and less prone to starting wars (other than domestic).
It’s no use giving me funny looks. It's a scientific fact that women's spatial abilities are poorer than men's. New figures from the Driving Standards Agency bear this out, revealing that, of 170 000 non-men who failed their driving test in 2010, 55 000 mucked up on parking.
If you don't trust the Driving Standards Agency, another study by researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany found that women took, on average, 20 seconds longer than men to park. Some females claimed their breastular accoutrements got in the way when turning round, though other observers said this indicated they were facing the wrong way in the first place.
The women have my sympathy, not for their hootular protuberances but for their parking. Because I'm also terrible at it. Every time I try to reverse-park, a small crowd gathers and, soon, the local radio station announces that, due to an incident on a suburban street, all major motorways are now closed. Not my fault. I learned to drive in a rural area, where my instructions on reverse-parking were: “See if you can get it in there, between the field and the sea.”
One thing no study has elucidated, but which is anecdotally irrefutable, is that women are terrible drivers generally. Come on, they are! Listen, as I get older, truths are established from experience, not books or ideology.
I've known birds who were quite assertive about their driving skills, but I dreaded getting into their cars. One used to reverse out of driveways without looking, and regarded a red light as optional guidance. She'd take anything as a signal to go: “Look, a pigeon has flown across the sky. It’s a portent! I must drive through this busy intersection now.”
Another similarly oozed self-confidence, but was all over the place on the road and used both hands to change gears (question: Why do women always put the hand-brake on when stopped for even a second?).
However, to be fair, women generally don't drive up your tail. To that extent, men are worse drivers generally, and the German study mentioned above bore out the stereotype of the boy racer, young males who think they possess mysterious powers that make them the best driver ever.
Sensible citizens have welcomed plans to reduce the drink-driving limit. But they should go further, forbidding males to drive until they are 40 or 42. The authorities' attitude seems to be: “It's terrible how many people are killed every year by young men swaggering ineptly in motor vehicles. But, hey-ho, there you go.”
Get them banned. Banning is the basis of civilisation, which brings me back to women. In general, they're to be commended for being gentle and aesthetically fascinating. But when they need to park, they should get out of the car and summon the nearest gentleman over 42. Not me, though. I'm also terrible at it too. - Belfast Telegraph
Well let's just say they did the survey on wrong individuals ...... We can park okay we can,just that it does take us a tad bit longer
Women....gotta love 'em !
stay off the roads!!!
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