Parallel Parking named driver’s most feared manoeuvre

Parallel Parking named driver’s most feared manoeuvre

Research finds many drivers not confident parallel parking…

There are many drivers out there that will drive around and around looking for a parking spot that doesn’t require them to parallel park.

That’s because one in three motorists struggle with the manoeuvre, according to a new study out of the UK.

Kwik-Fit found 30% of drivers either avoid it completely, or get very anxious about having to complete a parallel park.

And it seems the fear of being watched while they park is even more common.

65% admitted to having dreaded the prospect of demonstrating their car manoeuvring skills during their test with parallel parking (28%) coming top, ahead of reverse parking (22%) and hill starts (15%).

Percentage of motorists likely to avoid driving manoeuvres:

  • Parallel park - 30%
  • Reverse park - 15%
  • Emergency stop - 11%
  • Hill start - 8%
  • Three-point turn - 4%

Roger Griggs from Kwik Fit says even as drivers become more experienced, many never really get comfortable with some manoeuvres.

“Few drivers like the feeling of trying to squeeze into a gap between two cars with other drivers waiting impatiently behind you.

“Getting it wrong can lead to wheel rims and tyres getting badly damaged.”

Want to be a better parallel parker? Check out this video.

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