Are females really poor at parking or simply sensible? By ChipsAway

December 12th, 2012 in Interesting Facts

Are women bad at parking?

A survey by the AA has found that 25% of female motorists are not confident when it comes to parallel parking, compared to just 11% of male motorists.

The survey of over 20,000 adults showed that women were also twice as likely as men to change their parking plans at the last minute, due to a lack of confidence or skill in parking their car in a particular space.
Is this a skills gap though, or is it just that men are over-confident when it comes to parallel parking and often try to squeeze into tight spots when it would be more prudent to drive on to the next available (bigger) space?


Figures from ChipsAway, the UK's leading minor automotive paintwork repairer, suggest this might just be the case, with over 70% of their customers being male!

Tim Harris, ChipsAway Chief Executive comments, "A great proportion of the damage we repair has been caused by parking incidents - low speed bumper scuffs, paintwork scratches and minor dents caused by trying to squeeze into increasingly smaller parking spots or simply misjudging the space available. With over 70% of our customers being male, it would certainly suggest that we are perhaps not as cautious a species as our female counterparts - at least when it comes to parking!"

So ladies - don't worry about moving on to the next 'easier' parking space - you don't need to show off your parking skills to anyone. If you aren't confident with squeezing into the smallest of spaces you are actually probably better off and won't end up needing to call out ChipsAway to repair the damage!

Notes to Editors:

Established for almost 20 years and as the originators of minor automotive paint repair technology, ChipsAway have built a fantastic reputation for providing high quality repairs to minor car paintwork scratches, bumper scuffs, alloy wheels, smart repairs and dents to car body work – eliminating the inconvenience and potential expense of using a body shop.

With the largest network of repair specialists in the UK, our customers benefit from a fantastic local service backed up by a nationally recognised brand with extensive industry experience.

ChipsAway repairs are:

  • High Quality
  • Cost-effective
  • Convenient

Professional repairs carried out using the unique ChipsAway system preserve the integrity of the car’s original paintwork and therefore its value.

ChipsAway specialists are capable of repairing everyday wear and tear to your car paintwork, operating from fully-equipped mobile workshops and fixed-base CarCare Centres – saving you both time and money!