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Watch woman from Shrewsbury rock in parking challenge
Jokes about women drivers’ inability to park is a well-established part of motoring folklore and, if you’re planning to leave your vehicle in a car park this Christmas while doing some last minute shopping in Telford or Shrewsbury, you could do better than to look out for 12 parking spaces occupied by the cars of six lady drivers. Despite numerous anecdotal and scientific studies, no definitive conclusion has been reached about which gender boasts the better ability to park, with research favouring both sexes and failing to prove, or disprove, the notion that male drivers are more adept at parking.
So, who really does park their car with most accuracy and skill? Now, in an effort to solve the riddle once and for all, JT Hughes has carried out an indisputable experiment to pit the parking skills of two drivers against each other, featuring the new Hyundai Tucson and the new Honda CRV – two of the latest models available for test drive at Shropshire’s leading dealer
Following the Shrewsbury Bicycle Vs Car Challenge, the JT Hughes parking challenge is the definitive measure of who can park most effectively, putting two local drivers in the spotlight as they attempt to complete a three-point turn and a reverse parallel park. Every second counts, every wasted centimetre matters and the slightest nudge of the kerb is sure to revive terrible memories of the dreaded driving test as our intrepid drivers aim for parking perfection.
Of course, modern technology now means parking is easier than ever, even for drivers whose accuracy is elusive. With front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera as standard on the Hyundai Tucson, squeezing into the smallest of spaces is effortless, while parking on a hill is made so much easier with the optional hill start assist control and downhill brake control features. Parking sensors and hill start assist are also standard features on the Honda CRV, with hill descent control available for the first time on models with automatic transmission.
While the debate about who is most accurate when parking – men or women – may continue to rage in households across Shropshire, it’s clear that modern technology is making huge strides towards perfecting our ability to manoeuvre our cars into the tightest of spaces.
To be honest, what makes one driver better at parking than another? Is it more important to achieve a near-perfect manoeuvre, even if this takes a little more time, or to park up more quickly but a little less accurately? Why not enjoy the video and share your thoughts on this never-ending debate? We’d be delighted to hear your views.