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Women ARE worse at parking the car, reveals Driving Standards Agency

Women ARE worse at parking the car, reveals Driving Standards Agency (but data shows men cause more crashes)

  • Most common pitfall for men and women was a lack of awareness at junctions
  • Men are guilty of not looking in their mirrors when changing direction in tests
  • Women struggle with reverse parking including changing direction and steering

Women drivers struggle with reverse parking yet men have been found to ignore traffic signs and road markings. 

Figures from the Driving Standards Agency show women are more likely to fail as a result of being unable to control the car including changing direction and steering. 

However men are guilty of not looking in their mirrors when changing direction and moving off safely, according to the data gathered by the Sunday Express. 

Women are more likely to fail as a result of being unable to control the car including changing direction and steering (file image)

Figures from the Driving Standards Agency show women are more likely to fail as a result of being unable to control the car including changing direction and steering. 

But the greatest gender disparities emerged when drivers were asked to park. When tasked with every learner’s nightmare, reverse parking, women raked in 45,416 faults.  

Yet while reverse parking was not listed as top error for men, a staggering 70,856 fails were recorded for not checking their mirrors. 

Data revealed last year that there were 663,000 serious or dangerous errors by women taking tests while 530,000 faults recorded by men. 

Men are guilty of not looking in their mirrors when changing direction and moving off safely (file image)

Men are guilty of not looking in their mirrors when changing direction and moving off safely (file image)

But while women make more errors during the daunting test, they have long had a higher pass rate than their male counterparts. 

And after they pass, evidence shows they are safer drivers with women tending to pay less for their car insurance than men.  

Figures from the Ministry of Justice revealed that men account for around three quarters of motoring offences. 

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said: ‘While data shows women are more likely to make errors during their test, our research proves that women are, in fact, ‘better’ drivers.

Ms Stretton added that women reap the benefits of this by tending to pay less for their car insurance. 

Aspects that women are more likely to fail for during their driving tests
Fault  Number of faults 
Junctions – observation 115,103     
Mirrors – change direction  94,897    
Control – steering 57,455    
Move off – control  47,694    
Reverse park – control  45,416    
Junctions – turning right  45,279    
Response to signs – traffic lights  41,867    
Positioning – normal driving  41,802    
Move off- safely  39,067    
Response to signs – road markings  38,440    
Aspects that men are more likely to fail for during their driving tests 
Fault   Number of faults
Junctions – observation   87,572
Mirrors – change direction    70,856 
Move off – safely     37,885 
Junctions – turning right     34,733 
Response to signs – traffic lights     33,788 
Control – steering     32,932 
Positioning – normal driving     32,427 
Response to signs – traffic signs     29,728 
Response to signs – road markings    28,949 
Move off – control     27,428 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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