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