Saturday 22 September 2018

Search for parking spaces costs drivers four days a year

Parking can be hard in cities
Parking can be hard in cities

Drivers waste an average of almost four days a year looking for parking spaces.

It is the bane of every motorist's day, but the astonishing amount of time spent searching for somewhere to park has been revealed by a new study.

The picture is naturally worse in big cities, where spaces are more and more difficult to find amid growing congestion and the increasing number of parking zone restrictions.

According to research from the British Parking Association, motorists undertake an average of 921 car journeys a year each.

The average time spent looking for a space is 5.9 minutes, adding up to a total of 90.5 hours - or four days - over the course of a year.

Drivers in London typically spend almost eight minutes searching for somewhere to park.


The toll on motorists is growing levels of stress and anxiety, as finding somewhere to park becomes harder than ever before, threatening to make them late for appointments, meetings and activities.

In a poll of 2,000 motorists, 44pc said finding somewhere to park was a stressful experience, with just one in five describing it as "stress-free".

More than half (59pc) were frustrated by drivers who parked badly and took up two spaces with one vehicle, while 48pc were annoyed by a lack of spaces and 27pc by car parks that were difficult to navigate.

BPA chief executive Patrick Troy said: "Effective parking and traffic management is essential in supporting the sustainable growth of town centres and high streets.

"Drivers, of course, also have a responsibility to ensure they are parking so as not to cause inconvenience to others.

"Ease of access and convenience as well as safety and lighting are key issues for motorists when looking to park."

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