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Britain's Most Hated Parking Situations

Author: Sam Allibone


A survey by online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk has revealed which parking manoeuvres are most hated by the British public.

Car Park

The survey of 500 Brits has concluded that parking in a tight space is the number one most feared manoeuvre among motorists. With the average size of our cars ever-increasing, it’s no surprise parking spaces are feeling smaller and smaller. With the host of SUVs and crossover vehicles available on the market, coupled with shrinking space sizes in many car parks, parking next to the common Nissan Qashqai can feel quite the task.

Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “Only a few years ago I would have suspected that parallel parking would be at the number one spot but given the UK’s love of large cars it is perhaps no surprise that parking in a tight space is the most nerve racking.

“YourParkingSpace.co.uk has previously advocated the introduction of a new parking industry standard designed to ensure that car parking spaces are large enough to accommodate modern motor vehicles. It would appear this is needed now more than ever.”

Second in the list is parallel parking. Even though modern technology such as parking sensors and reversing cameras are available on most vehicles, it doesn’t negate the fact that parallel parking is the second most feared parking manoeuvre.

Following in third place is multi-storey parking. Older parking structures may have been built for a time when small, nimble cars were in abundance. However, with larger cars a more popular choice as mentioned above, its easy to see why navigating the tight spaces, steep ramps and general sense of claustrophobia can cause stress to motorists.

The survey also revealed that parking next to an expensive vehicle was a common parking fear, taking the fourth spot. This is no surprise and, given the aforementioned tight spaces, its easy to see why many motorists might avoid the challenge altogether.

Finally, some drivers even find stress from their parking aids, which makes up the fifth position. Even though the sensors and cameras are there to help, some motorists find relying on the technology makes parking up a stressful job. However, even with those facts it only equates to 1 in 7 people who get nervous when parking their car, leaving a confident majority.

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