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Backlash over Beijing police tips for female drivers

Published on Oct 30, 2013 1:49 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Don't wear high heels while driving. Make sure you release the handbrake before setting off. And don't panic if you suddenly realise you're going the wrong way.

These are some of the suggestions given by the Beijing police department to female drivers in a series of microblog postings that have sparked a backlash among Chinese Internet users who say the tips are sexually discriminatory.

"Some women drivers lack a sense of direction, and while driving a car, they often hesitate and are indecisive about which road they should take," reads one of the suggestions, posted on the police department's official microblog late on Tuesday.

Women often discover that "when they're driving by themselves, they're not able to find the way to their destination, even if they've been there many times", said the postings.

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