Who Says Women Can’t Park?

Posted on 2nd October 2010 in initiative/ parking/ perv/ women drivers

I am here to dispell all myths about women drivers and their inability to drive properly or indeed to park…

I’ll have you know that I passed my test first time, when I was 17. To be fair, having a 35 year old letchy driving instructor probably accelerated my learning – he asked me to marry him, used to park up so we could ‘chat’ (for ‘chat’ please read that he made massively inappropriate comments while I essentially looked a bit scared) offered to beat up my then boyfriend and was basically a dirty great perv!

Yes, the car on the right is mine *hangs head in shame*, now don’t be thinking this proves that women can’t drive/park because what you should be focussing on here is the fact that I got the car out! OH was away so had no one to call and bail me out, so I took a quick photo and went to work – giggling.

During the day I nipped out and bought a large pashmina.

When it was time to face up the fact that I had to extract my car from the concrete post, I slipped the pashmina as far as I could between the car and the post, got into the car from the other side, undid the window and pulled the pashmina through a bit and then closed the window. Then got out and slid the pashmina further between the car and the post.

Then, using more clutch control than I’d ever thought possible (it doesn’t look like it on the pic but the carpark slopes downwards) I gingerly eased the car out of the space. Then had to stop and remove the pashmina, still giggling, and surprised that no one clapped.

I’d like to conclude this by saying the car wasn’t marked but to be fair it has a dirty great scratch down the side!


  • Reply sheila2010 2nd October 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Loved your way of thinking. Great.
    When I was learning to drive I got a man who tried it on – so changed driving schools and choose one with a woman instructor. and guess what she was gay and fanced me too!!!! I gave up after that and didnt drive for another 15 years!!!! In fact I think I will do a blog on it. Thanks x

    • Reply mrsljhall 3rd October 2010 at 9:31 am

      Oh Sheila, how funny! What are the odds of that?! I should have changed driving schools too really, I remember that no one believed me at the time that he was such a letch and I felt like I’d be making a huge fuss about nothing – on reflection he probably needed reporting to the police! Looking forward to your blog x

  • Reply Him Up North 3rd October 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I was late to learning to drive (20) and my instructor wasn’t much older than me. She was with a nationwide driving school but gave me her personal number on our last lesson. I was “seeing someone” so it was a case of mirror, signal but no maneuver.

    As for the parking…style points for getting out of that scrape without er, scraping.

    • Reply mrsljhall 4th October 2010 at 3:45 pm

      Clearly to be a driving instructor you have to be a raging perv! Who knew x

  • Reply Pippy 4th October 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I know you only parked like that in order to give yourself an excuse to buy the pashmina – what skill. Will you come and park my lightbulb next time I fancy buying a new tutu.

    And I don’t think you should try driving tractors, just yet. xx

    • Reply mrsljhall 4th October 2010 at 3:45 pm

      Funnily enough it was a purple pashmina which I’ve often thought I should post on to you! I didn’t think it was ‘driving’ in tractors that you were recommending…. xx

      • Reply Pippy 4th October 2010 at 10:30 pm

        Sweetie, think female, think driving, think multitasking (especially in a tractor – what power). x

  • Reply Jenny paulin 18th March 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Only a woman would come up with such an ingenious method of reversing the car out of space using an item of clothing! Lol love it made me smile

  • Reply @Simply_Hayley 18th March 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I Love the amount of effort you went to with the pashmina! Peeing myself here!

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  • Reply Jacq 18th March 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’m not sure what I admire most; that someone has come up with a practical use for a pashmina or that you had a cool enough head to take a photo of your car that close to s concrete structure.

  • Reply Nigel 17th June 2012 at 8:34 pm

    What’s a Pashmina? 😉

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 17th June 2012 at 8:37 pm

      it’s a long wide thin scarf type thing, can be used as a wrap around ladies shoulders – always useful to have in your emergency kit!

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