Parallel panic for half of UK drivers

Monday, March 21, 2016


Almost half of UK drivers would park further away from their destination just to avoid having to parallel park. 

According to a survey from vehicle supplier OSV, 47% would drive further away to avoid parallel parking such is their hate of the manoeuvre.

Out of those surveyed, 15% would avoid parallel parking completely while 75% said the pressure of having another driver waiting for them puts them off while attempting to parallel park.

The survey also found that a fifth of drivers admitted to circling around town to find on-street parking to avoid paying for parking tickets, and a further third (33%) say that they always forget to bring along change for the ticket machine so look for alternatives.

“I think that everyone has experienced the panic of parking poorly in front of an audience,” said OSV joint-company director Andrew Kirkley. 

He continued: “An inability to parallel park can be a real disadvantage though, especially if you regularly visit the suburbs. All it takes is a little confidence, so I’d advise nervous drivers to practice.”


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