Selfish motorists waste almost a fifth of UK’s roadside parking spaces, study finds
The frustration of not being able to find a car park may not be due to a lack of space. New research has found that bad parking is clogging up our roads.
Poor parking could be wasting almost a fifth of Britain’s roadside parking bays, a new study has found.
It has been estimated that drivers could free up 17 per cent more parking space simply by learning to park correctly, or using driver assist technology to park their vehicle.
Experts from Direct Line Car Insurance reviewed 120 roads where kerbside parking bays were “full” and there was no space between any two vehicles to fit in an additional car.
They calculated how much additional space would be available if every car on the street had used new automatic steering technology which parks vehicles equal distances from each other.
The study found that London and Birmingham were the two areas worst affected by bad parking, where capacity could be increased by 20 per cent if all drivers used the parking assist technology.
Brighton was found to have the most efficient parkers, where 11 per cent extra capacity was left on “full” streets in the city centre.
Almost half of British drivers complained they were regularly frustrated by not being able to find a park on major city roads, but the research has found that a lack of parking space may not be the problem.
An alarming number of motorists admitted to intentionally leaving too much space around their car when parking.
38 per cent said they had deliberately left space around their car to stop another vehicle parking next to it, while some 73 per cent of drivers said they left extra space behind their car to manoeuvre.
There were also 10 per cent of drivers who said they had parked in a space that was too small so that other people could not move their cars.
As many as 31 per cent of motorists also said they had picked a parking spot because of the quality of the cars either side, while 13 per cent had parked over two spaces to save a space for someone else, and 11 per cent said they had put bins in the road to save space.