APCOA PARKING Study shows: Women park quicker than men Youth isn’t the measure for better parking


Stuttgart, 8 April, 2014 – A study conducted by APCOA PARKING, Europe’s leading parking managers, surprisingly concluded that younger drivers are less competent at parking than their elder counterparts.


In Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, students of the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) at Mannheim, surveyed hundreds of car drivers, took note of the time they required to park, and interviewed them.

In the group comprising drivers 18 to 25 years old, it took drivers on average 22 seconds to park their cars. While drivers in the group of 55 to 65 years on average only required 15 seconds to complete the parking manoeuvre. The study also gauged how many steering movements each group required to complete a movement. It found that those aged between 55 to 65 years old required just 1.8 steering movements to complete a manoeuvre, whereas their younger counterparts averaged 1.8 steering movements.

Women park faster than men

In direct comparison with their male counterparts, women proved to be quicker in parking.  In fact, the study found that women drivers required just 17 seconds to park, while men took three seconds longer, although female drivers used slightly more steering movements to park (1.62) in comparison to their male counterparts (1.5). Electronic park distance controls turned out to be real “time gluttons”.  On average, drivers using the device required 21 seconds to park, while cars without the device were parked in just 15 seconds.