Women and reverse / parallel parking.


peapod
#1
What is up with women and parallel parking I have been helping my niece learn to drive. Actually she done quite well, but she cannot master the parallel parking. I have noticed alot of women will drive around in a circle rather than try to parallel park. What up with that???
 
AirIntake
#2
For men, a car is a required skill of manliness. This means that it would be quite unmanly to be unable to complete a skill so basic it's included in drivers training. Women, on the other hand, see cars as a tool to get someplace, so if the place they're going doesn't require parallel parking, they won't bother to learn, as nobody will chastize them for it. I'd make fun of any guy who couldn't parallel park, but I wouldn't say anything if a girl couldn't (at least to her face )
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#3
It's to do with spatial awareness, pea - our brains are wired differently. Oh, and you're too busy applying lipgloss to watch what you're doing.
 
Jo Canadian
#4
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What is up with women and parallel parking I have been helping my niece learn to drive. Actually she done quite well, but she cannot master the parallel parking. I have noticed alot of women will drive around in a circle rather than try to parallel park. What up with that???

That's not the first time I've heard that before. My Ex mother in law had explained something about it though. Apparently men have a different sense of depth perception that helps them out in that situation. I have no idea if it is true, but it's better than the lip gloss theory.
 
AirIntake
#5
Yes, spatial relationships are different for women. That's why they suck at videogames too (my G/F will admit to this)

I'm also willing to bet that men put in more time driving than women because they consider it recreation sometimes.
 
EmmaDibbs
#6
Pea- just get her to angle her wing mirror down so she can see the curb better- once she does it a few times she will get the hang of it but the mirror thing helps. Also get her to note visually points at which she starts turning, etc such as 'turn in when your wing mirror is level with the back of the other car' that way you can't really mess it up!
 
Frappuccino Dibs
#7
Em, thats way too sensible. Surely some male hormones and a sex change would be easier.

On a serious note, the visual points system really does work but it changes from car to car. The individual just has to get used to it in each car they drive.
 
Reverend Blair
#8
Just tell her to drive in frontwards at a steep angle, drive up on the curb, crank the wheel, and when the front right tire fall off the curb she will be perfectly parked.

At that point you can exit your pick-up truck and get some more beer out of the cooler in back.
 
EmmaDibbs
#9
That would definitely impress the instructor
 
jackd
#10
Who's talking about women's parking problem?

 
EmmaDibbs
#11
I don't see any problem there!!
 
EmmaDibbs
#12
Actually the guy that was meant to have painted the lines in seems to have taken the day off- I think they have done pretty well considering.
 
Frappuccino Dibs
#13
Call it poetic licence
 
jackd
#14
 
EmmaDibbs
#15
I like her style!
 
Frappuccino Dibs
#16
Isn't that a Fiat 500? If so then it should fit in any parking space at any angle. The perfect womans car.

It's the best Ferrari ever made
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#17
It is a funny thing with parallel parking. I've never felt I could do it, and I sure don't have any particular method for doing it, yet I get it perfectly everytime, without having to jockey it. As I say, though, this is definitely not through any skill on my part, it is just plain dumb luck. I know that the plain dumb luck factor will run dry on the day I ever have to be re-tested.
 

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