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.