by: Reilly Brennan, AOL Autos

    According to a new study, women take longer to park their vehicles, but for all their extra time sizing up their parking spots, it doesn't result in better parking accuracy.

    Okay, I admit: I'm walking into some pretty tall grass, here. But, when I found out that the PhD in charge of the study was a woman, it made me feel better somehow. Dr. Claudia Wolf, thank you for your honesty.

    Dr. Wolf's study, conducted through her employer, Germany's Ruhr University, noted that men were quicker to get their car in the parking spot and generally more aligned with the parking lines. She was quoted as saying that the results confirmed previous studies that men have shown superiority with spatial awareness and coordination.

    The actual study sounds pretty interesting. Around five dozen men and women were given an Audi A6 sedan to park in a space in Germany (where, on average, the spaces a slightly smaller than they are in the U.S.) from three different approaches: parallel parking, head-on and reverse.

    The results were timed and rated for accuracy. When the results came in, they showed women take about 20 seconds more time to park their vehicle but are less likely to be accurate as a result.

    Dr. Wolf told the UK's Daily Telegraph that the results are about parking, not a definitive end-all statement about the superiority of one sex over another.

    "It is not as if there was a massive failing by women," Dr. Wolf told The Telegraph. "It is just about parking - not the triumph of men over women."

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    Drrntod Jan 20, 2011 5:54 PM
    You idiots are using anecdotal evidence like "I park better than my husband" as proof that women are bettter at parking while this female scientist did an actual study. She should be commended for reporting her results truthfully, but instead she's catching crap. If you know a damn thing about studies, they don't rely upon ONE subject , but several, or even hundreds. They tally the results and try to remain objective. They use experimental controls and measurements, not subjectivity and bias. If you don't like the results, pull your head out of your derriere and conduct your own study!
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    wakhk Jan 04, 2010 11:45 AM
    I wonder if this study looked at the psychology involved with the set-up of the study? When men and women know they are being tested and watched do they react differently? I would think that women are more self-critical and calculated overall whereas men would jump right in, being the fastest and least inhibited. It just seems like a true test would have been to record people over a period of time in a parking garage unaware of the 'test' being conducted. This would have given a true idea of men vs. women in a everyday environment without the overarching stress (to a woman) and challenge (to a man) of being watched and, ultimately, judged. I'm not saying the tests would have turned out differently but this doesn't seem like the most accurate of tests. Is it possible that in a 'normal' environment, women could have performed better?
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    ddrildx Jan 04, 2010 6:09 AM
    I think people from New York should be reevaluated before given a license to drive. The women are even worse than the men.
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    vandoo13 Jan 04, 2010 6:06 AM
    yea it make sense.. women cause more accicents more than men do.. it make sense men can park better than women.. sigh.. never send women do men s job..
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    ifuseekamy00 Jan 04, 2010 5:31 AM
    No way! Women are better at everything.
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    irisheiles Jan 04, 2010 2:01 AM
    I can't argue this one. My husband is much better than me.
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    munchck Jan 04, 2010 2:01 AM
    I don't know about Germany . But I can park Better than my HUSBAND and that comes from him!
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    nevam54 Jan 04, 2010 1:17 AM
    My husband and son wouldn't agree with this at all. In fact, they'd tell you I'm the best at parking they've ever seen, and WAY better than either of them. I learned to drive in NYC and can park in any space that's got even just a couple of inches more length than that of my car. The author doesn't know what she's talking about.
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    luvcedarpoint Jan 03, 2010 10:29 PM
    I will tell you that my Mom-a born and raised lived all her life in NYC could squeeze her car into the tiniest of spaces. She was the queen of parrallel parking. I swear she would amaze me! I was always so proud of her feats! :)
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    wrxfrk16 Jan 03, 2010 10:13 PM
    I wonder though; does this have to do with geometry? Most women I know admit to hating the subject (more preffering algebra), whereas I loved it more than any other math. Seeing as parking is just visualizing the angles and steering appropriately, if men tend to think in 3-D better, that would explain it.
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    wrxfrk16 Jan 03, 2010 10:12 PM
    And this is news? My mother's been driving for over thirty years and can't park her Ford Focus into a spcae that I can get my Subaru Forester XT into in one move.
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    klasakt Jan 03, 2010 8:46 PM
    Amazing! My husband has done more damage to our cars, then the other 3 put together, including while parking, and he is the better parker? I don't think so. I worked at a car dealership and the "young" salesmen moving the cars ... as well as me at almost 50 ... commented on the efficiency of my parking to include speed and accuracy. If one can not parrallel park like a 3 point turn then either the space is too small for their vehicle and they don't realize it at first, or they don't know their vehicle at all ... this includes pick-ups. Just so you know, I have driven vehicles (several that we own or have owned) from a 3 cylinder to a 1 ton diesel pickup, both two wheel drive and four wheel drive, long beds, short beds, single cab, to crew cab, in weather from 110* F to - 40*F, etc. I stipulated this when I taught both my kids to drive, just like my dad did with me ..... KNOW YOUR VEHICLE!!!!!
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    jamesccollins Jan 02, 2010 9:19 PM
    "Please keep your comments relevant to the Female Scientist Confirms Men Are Better At Parking Than Women article." OK then, I am a male and won't comment otherwise.
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    mgmezag Jan 02, 2010 8:46 PM
    I'm concerned that this study will take our minds off what's really troubling: imprecision and irresponsibility while driving, not maneuvering. I resent the male-chauvinistic comments about women, considering I'm a Latin-American guy, father of four boys. Just this past 31st of December a drunken Chilean dad took the wheel of his SUV and killed his pregnant daughter, more than one other of his children, innocent bystanders and left his wife and nephews seriously injured. I'd take a little more time and little less precision at parking any day over the over-confident, haughty attitude of many of us men when confronted with the opportunity to drive.
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    joebudgie Jan 02, 2010 8:33 PM
    A PhD was "paid" to do this study? What did the "check writer" expect to discover? Now that the study has been done and a definite conclusion has been made what will they do with the information? Is it supposed to make the world a safer place or what? Imagine how proud Dr. Woles mom and dad must be of their daughter.
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    bpd9227 Jan 02, 2010 8:11 PM
    Females should not be allowed to drive
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    allen3156 Jan 02, 2010 8:09 PM
    You are right on BC3353. Most men are afraid to express their true beliefs and you said what most of us are thinking.
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    lawtbrown Jan 02, 2010 8:06 PM
    It makes sense that men would be better parkers since they get so much more practice. Consider intercourse. Men have to locate the opening, assess its size , line up the projectile, aim it correctly and ease it into the space. This is very similar to the skills required to park a car.
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    bc3353 Jan 02, 2010 8:06 PM
    there can be no competition, men and women exist in 2 differing mental universes. The sooner both realize this the better. Neither are better than the other, different function with equal worth". I think women have a far more difficult time with accepting this. Generally, men are leaders and women are managers. Sure there are exceptions. But not in America, we are now being governed by managers. That is why this country is going socialist, focus groups, worried about what the world thinks of us. American Exceptionalism was forged by men with the help of women. Liberals have the right brain halve out front posing as leadership. They promote dependency which are women traits, like the vanity of "does he like me"? You could call it the Sally Fields syndrome “you really like me&*****************;. Women spend their time attracting, using charm, ploys and manipulation in many *************. Some might see this as the same domestic evolution as dogs utilized to be endeared to humans for their survival. It just doesn't work in our present world, you can't just bake your enemy a cake and send them a Hallmark card...or say "Smart Power" or "reset" is the apex of influence....what a joke. Men and real leaders could give a crap by chemistry and design..as in “we hold these truths…men are created…&***********************, the managers are clamoring to fill the void left by abdicating leaders. This is a liberal delusion, that mangers can fill the void left by failing leadership. Managers are all too frequently the subjects of a mental tyranny of the urgent, fears and anxieties, the “feelings&*****************; of "now", thinking a vain peace for the moment is better than long-range policies, those really crafting true peace & stability that can only be from visionary leadership. America was not founded upon any "wise latino females".
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    allen3156 Jan 02, 2010 8:06 PM
    I think it should be illegal for anyone to talk on the cell phone while driving. Also I think it should be illegal for anyone to fix their makeup while driving.
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