From buying cars to parking them, it's women drivers who really take the lead
1. We’ll start with ‘the biggie’. Women are actually better motorists than men. And before you choke on your cheroot at the sheer audacity of that statement, there’s plenty of evidence to show it’s true!
2. Men may think they're in control in the showroom, but more and more women are actually in the driving seat when it comes to buying a car . Female car-ownership topped 40% for the first time in 2013, with almost 10million women registered as private car keepers (compared with 14.6 million men) – a 70% rise since 1994.
3. Sir Stirling Moss may scoff, but women could be regularly competing in the male-dominated sport of Formula 1 sooner than you think. They just need to be given the same opportunities, says Susie Wolff, who drove in the practice sessions in Hockenheim in July, finishing just two-tenths of a second behind her team-mate, Filipe Massa.
4. Ever seen the 1992 movie My Cousin Vinny, with Marisa Tomei as Mona Lisa Vito, the self-taught car expert? Well, there are women like that in real life – female mechanics who’ve succeeded in the male bastion of the car repair garage. Around 200 women mechanics work in the UK, and some are earning more than their male counterparts!
5. The joke is at last on the other foot now it’s been shown that women really are better at parking than men. There’s acres of video footage to prove it after covert surveillance of car parks across Britain , conducted by NCP. It shows women’s efforts may take longer, but they result in prettier parking.
6. It’s not just women who are hopeless when it comes to changing a flat tyre. According to anecdotal evidence from the RAC, men are just as likely as women to ask a mechanic for help to change a flat.
7. We all know that men won’t ask for directions when they’re clearly lost, just like they won’t turn around when it’s obvious they’re going the wrong way. Male stereotyping? Maybe – but while research shows that men are indeed better than women at reading maps, women are less likely to get lost in the first place because they can remember routes better.
8. Unfortunately, drink-driving isn’t solely male territory. The number of females convicted of driving while under the influence has almost doubled in recent years. According to a survey, the figure for female convictions rose from 9% in 1998 to 17% by 2012.