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I heard this on the news this morning and was personally affronted when I did.

Woman finally admit, we really CAN¿T park: AA study finds third change driving plans to avoid parallel parking ¿ twice rate of men | Mail Online

Are we honestly THAT bad?

I know I am not - I will, and do, park anywhere be it parallel parking or reverse parking. I have had male neighbours comment on the fact that I can squeeze my cars into the tiniest of spaces.

I will confess that I am finding it harder in my new car than I did in my Astra because the new car has not got such a good lock on it. I could almost park the Astra sideways because the lock was so good and it is taking time to adjust to my newer, but less 'mobile' model. That aside, however, I will still park in the same manner I always have - WITHOUT FEAR!!!!! :D :D
 

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When I'm alone I can park perfectly but for some reason having someone else in the car with me can throw me off and I look like the worst driver ever! If I know I'm being watched then I take forever to park, lol.
 

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i have a big car - a mazda bongo. i park my car with ease and i am shocked at how many small car owners struggle to park within the lines of spaces - even bigger than average parking spaces. i quite often sit shocked at how difficult some people find it to park. if you can drive then surely you can drive the car forwards into a parking space. but this is not always the case. and may i add, that a lot of the time it is men that are the culprits not women!! they are either useless drivers or very lazy - either way they do not park properly:rolleyes:
 

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I am very good (not to toot my own horn but...) at parking and just driving in general actually. I can even park OHs T4 and I'm only just over 5 foot tall :)
 

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I'm dead good me :D
But then I passed my test a year ago, and manoevres are mandatory these days. Plenty of people tried to tell me that as a 39 year old woman I would never be able to learn, and I'd like to thank those people, because nothing motivates me to do something well better than someone telling me I can't :D
 
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Parking isn't an issue, I was told at 16 if I wanted to drive I had to be able to reverse down the wee lane we lived at the end of and had to perfect parking, dad was a stickler.

I believe the problem for most people who struggle to park is a complete lack of spacial awareness.
 

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Not afraid to parrellel park but of my own choosing I refuse to go into multi storey car parks (oh lordy!) the tight turns frighten to life out of me. The only one I will venture into is John Lewis'.

Also I choose to park away from people so that my car remains unscathed from others attempts at parking :D I put Winnie where trolleys don't need to be squeezed passed ;);)

eta, I've a tank of a car which is why I don't like multi storey car parks.
 

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Not afraid to parrellel park but of my own choosing I refuse to go into multi storey car parks (oh lordy!) the tight turns frighten to life out of me. The only one I will venture into is John Lewis'.

Also I choose to park away from people so that my car remains unscathed from others attempts at parking :D I put Winnie where trolleys don't need to be squeezed passed ;);)

eta, I've a tank of a car which is why I don't like multi storey car parks.
Does it work though - I find if you park the furthest away possible surrounded by tons of empty spaces someone just always parks right next to you, why :confused:
 

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I used to be great at parallel parking. I had to do it everyday where I used to work but since moving jobs Im so out of practice! I did try recently and majorly [email protected] it up.

Also OH has just refurbished my wheels and said he will continue to wash and clean inside and outside of my car for as long as my wheels remain un-kirbed!
 

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i have a big car - a mazda bongo. i park my car with ease and i am shocked at how many small car owners struggle to park within the lines of spaces - even bigger than average parking spaces. i quite often sit shocked at how difficult some people find it to park. if you can drive then surely you can drive the car forwards into a parking space. but this is not always the case. and may i add, that a lot of the time it is men that are the culprits not women!! they are either useless drivers or very lazy - either way they do not park properly:rolleyes:
Maybe it's something to do with having a big car - I've got a Nissan Terrano and I can park it anywhere! I lived in Bath for a while and parking there is a nightmare. My then BF used to just get out and let me park it, because he couldn't. And if things were really bad, he'd make me park his too!
 

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Does it work though - I find if you park the furthest away possible surrounded by tons of empty spaces someone just always parks right next to you, why :confused:
That confuses me as well..its an empty car park, why the need to park next to another car??

I am awful at parking, I avoid parallel parking wherever possible..had to do one a month or so back and I was actually quite proud. It wasnt amazing but it wasnt horrendously bad :)

I am also terrible at reversing, I once attempted to reverse up a drive thru after they had sent me to the wrong window..ended up nearly scraping my car, failed to get to where I needed to be so gave up and drove home :eek:
 

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Does it work though - I find if you park the furthest away possible surrounded by tons of empty spaces someone just always parks right next to you, why :confused:
I have a tendency to park near to people because it's actually easier (you have the other car as a reference point) than in empty spaces. I hadn't really thought that people might be thinking "what a weirdo" like when someone sits next to you when there are loads of empty seats :D
 

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I have a tendency to park near to people because it's actually easier (you have the other car as a reference point) than in empty spaces. I hadn't really thought that people might be thinking "what a weirdo" like when someone sits next to you when there are loads of empty seats :D
But we KNOW you are babes - it's one of the reasons we luvs ya!!! :D :D
 

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To be honest Im really good at parking..even my OH and friends comment on how great my parking is :D

My new car has got a reverse camera on it though..so I guess that helps haha
 

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I have a tendency to park near to people because it's actually easier (you have the other car as a reference point) than in empty spaces. I hadn't really thought that people might be thinking "what a weirdo" like when someone sits next to you when there are loads of empty seats :D
:D Well yes sort of - I always wonder if someone has been watching and are going to leap out at any minute. Mind you last time it happened to me it was a brass band parked either side of me :blink:
 
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