Think men can park better than women? Think again. After surveying some 7,000 men and women drivers in Germany, Professor Doris Kortus-Schultes, founder of the Competence Centre at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences provides some interesting insights into women drivers.
Safety is key.
Based on the survey, women are said to cause fewer serious accidents than men. They tend to be involved in smaller accidents in urban areas, while men are more likely to be involved in bigger crashes on expressways.
Park the park.
Though men are faster in getting their cars into a parking space, women are more accurate parkers. Over 50% of women parked their cars perfectly in the centre of the parking space, while around 75% of men had their cars parked off-centre.
Did you know?
All cars now come with a rear-view mirror thanks to British racing driver Dorothy Levitt. To check the traffic behind her while she was at the wheel, she used her handy-dandy make-up mirror! This inspired car makers in the early 1900s to add a rear-view mirror, an essential aspect of the modern car.
Pick a colour.
Women are said to be more adventurous when picking the colours of their car. Men tend to choose cars with colours that will bring in more money from the re-sale. The most popular colours are red for women and black for men.
All about that space.
Women like their space. Low loading sills in the luggage compartment and organisational systems for the loading area are particularly popular with female owners. Storage compartments and holders are also a plus. As the study says, most men on the other hand tend to view their car as a status symbol and look for a powerful engine.
Your world on wheels.
Women seek cars that work like a ‘travelling information hub’. They want to be able to use their time behind the wheel to chat with their family or keep in touch with friends on social networks.
Did you know?
Mary Anderson (February 19, 1866 – June 27, 1953) was an American real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor of the windshield wiper blade. In November 1903 Anderson was granted her first patent for an automatic car window cleaning device controlled from inside the car, called the windshield wiper.
Men tend to plan out their next car purchase months in advance, often using online vehicle configurators to put together their dream car. Women take a completely different approach and start their research by asking their friends and family for advice.
Contrary to the stereotype that women prefer small cars, the study found that SUVs like the Tiguan are incredibly popular with the ladies. Women favour SUVs because they give them a better view of the road and more space in the back.
And to all the drivers out there who double up as amazing mothers too, we salute you! Here’s wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Volkswagen.