Women are known for their poor parking skills, but is this true? Actually, there is no study that shows if men or women are better at parking. Most males spread out the myth that women are bad at driving and parking. Do you think this is fair?
We think it’s not! That’s why we did research about what it means to be “good at parking” and why women are considered not to perform as well as men.
We are speaking on the behalf of female drivers that are usually underestimated for their skills. Girls, you might don’t know how your car works, but it doesn’t make you a bad driver.
Why women are famous like parking-challenge gender
While there are no conclusive studies that show that women are worse drivers than men, there are some theories as to why this stereotype exists. Let’s have a look.
Women tend to be more careless when parking and are more likely to damage their car or the car of another.
Female drivers tend to use more parking maneuvers than male drivers. This is not something that makes them bad at parking a car.
In general, women tend to take longer to park, which can cause congestion and frustration for other drivers. This could be a reason why they call women the “parking-challenge gender”.
Women are more likely to be multitasking while driving. This would be a reason for distractions while parallel parking.
Another theory is that women have less upper body strength, which can make it harder to turn the wheel sharply when necessary.
Putting all women under a common denominator
Putting the labels “bad driver”, and “parking-challenge gender” on all women is so common. Yes, sometimes we don’t know what’s happening on the road and what actions to take. You’re right if you think that women are more likely to mistake directions. But does it mean they are bad drivers?
Women tend to be less experienced drivers. This is because the cultural norm is that when men and women travel together in a car, the men usually drive. This could be one of the reasons why they are considered bad drivers.
If we take the situation of men and women being equally trained and experienced in operating a car, this disposition may give men an advantage when it comes to maneuvering a big cubic object into a parking slot. Female drivers need more attention and practice before they get to experience enough to take a ride.
How these factors can apply to the parking skills
Let’s get back to the parking. If a woman has difficulties parking, she is a bad driver, while men who can’t park well are excused as having a bad day. Have you thought about this cultural belief?
This gender decimation is very common. Girls have bad days too, why do they’re not excused when they can’t park?
The art of parking a car is essential and like every art needs time to practice to get better. There are many artists that suck at the beginning of their career but after enough attempts they made their art valued.
This can be applied to any venture, including parking a car. Doesn’t matter if you use space for 3 cars, or scratch the one next to yours. It matters only that you didn’t give up even after the 5th attempt. After a while, you will be able to park your vehicle at least from the second try. Believe in miracles!
Don’t let the stereotypes lead your life
Males and females face social stereotypes during their whole existence. This provokes competition between the genders. There are many areas where gender stereotypes are applied but for the purpose of this article, we will look briefly at driving a car.
According to cultural belief, women have poor orientation skills, as it seems to take them longer to learn about local streets and they had more difficulty reading a map. Women are also known as easy to be distracted during driving. They get bored or speak on the phone more than men. (There is no proof for this just cultural beliefs and stereotypes that make women considered bad drivers.)
Men also face many stereotypes. If you are born a man, it means you have to be an excellent driver by heart. You should be interested in cars from a young age. Moreover, you should always know what to do on the road, find perfect parking spots, and always know the right direction.
The roles that society gives to males and females make them exhausted. Trying to meet or break the stereotypes is meaningless. Instead, put your energy to be a better version of yourself and don’t let the stereotypes lead your life.
In conclusion, you can always improve your driving or parking skills. What you need is more practice and faith in yourself.
My name is Rebecca McCarthy and i am just an ordinary American girl from British heritage that lives in Nashville, Tennessee, that also enjoys hot summer days, travelling, strong men and brand new cars.
LadyAutoBlog is just a small portion of my car philosophy and it’s the perfect reflection of my life and how i feel about the involvement of girls in this pretty distant world.