Men trump women in parking stakes

For years the sexes have battled over who is better at parking. But now official figures suggest it is in fact men who are best at getting into those spaces.

Data from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) found that while 18,798 male candidates failed their driving test for lack of control during the reverse-park manoeuvre, the female figure was 40,863.

And while 12,280 men failed for poor "observation" of road conditions during the parking test, 15,945 women made that blunder.

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, also confirm women are more likely to fail their practical test overall. For half of male candidates, their test was a flop in 2010-11, while 57% of women failed.

According to the figures, examiners recorded 1,660,206 errors by candidates that were serious enough to mean a failed test - 718,244 by men and 941,962 by women.

Copyright Press Association 2012