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Female drivers are more adept at parking than men, a new study has found.

The study surveyed 2,500 men and women drivers in the UK, rating them on different aspects of maneuvering their vehicle. Out of a possible 20 points, women motorists scored an average of 13.4 while men lagged behind with 12.3.

However, the research did not include parallel parking on streets – and experts are divided over whether that would have produced a different result.

Women were also found to be better at finding spaces, more accurate in lining themselves up before starting each manoeuvre, and more likely to adopt instructors’ preferred method of reversing into bays.

It was also noted that 53% of female drivers parked centrally in a space as opposed to just 25% of male drivers, who were more likely to just abandon their vehicles.

Yorkshire-based driving instructor Neil Beeson, who calculated the scores for NCP, said: “I was quite surprised by the results because, in my experience, men have always been the best learners and usually performed better in lessons.

“However, it’s possible that women have retained the information better.”

The experiment was carried out by parking firm NCP who observed 2,500 drivers across 700 car parks in England voer the duration of one month.