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Parallel parking scary as a new job

And this is what we are all so scared of.

And this is what we are all so scared of.

Published Jul 14, 2011


It’s a manoeuvre that fills even the most assured drivers with trepidation.

Now the fear of parallel parking - or “parkophobia” as it has been dubbed - has been found to rank alongside job interviews and meeting the in-laws as one of life’s most stressful moments.

Almost a third of motorists said they needed more than one attempt at the manoeuvre, with the figure rising to 41 percent for women, according to a poll of drivers by Ford.

One in 10 women said guiding their car into a tight spot was more stressful than visiting the dentist or a key job interview.

And when it comes to the battle of the sexes, findings suggest the stereotype about women drivers still lingers.

The survey found two-thirds of male drivers thought they were better parallel parkers, while only 17 percent of women believed they were better.

In the Europe-wide poll, Russian drivers rated themselves the worst parkers and Germans the best.

Only 26 percent of Germans admitted needing multiple attempts at parallel parking. - Daily Mail

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