A common image from my childhood is a road trip in which my dad is driving the car while my mom is sitting in the passenger seat holding a map and attempting to navigate. Soon enough my dad gets fed up with my mom's incompetence. "Are you sure you're not holding it upside down?" he asks as he snatches the map out of her hands. Soon he decides it would be much easier if he just drove and read the map at the same time.
Although it may just sound like an outdated stereotype, there is actually scientific evidence to back up the claim that men are better navigators than women. It has been proven in many different studies that men have better spatial memory than women do. One hypothesis that tries to explain this evidence dates back to prehistoric times. It says that since men were the ones out hunting for food in unfamiliar territories to feed their families they developed a better spatial memory over time. Some scientists also believe that testosterone is related to spatial memory.