Big cars + small parking spaces = £500m of bumps and scrapes
You know how cars are getting bigger and wider? And the bigger the car, the more likely it’ll be driven by someone with no spatial awareness, possibly playing Fruit Ninja on their phone while Bluetoothing their mum?
Well, add that to the charmingly outmoded small spaces in UK car parks, and you’ve got yourself some bumps and scrapes – costing drivers £500million a year. According to a survey by Halfords, cars have widened by 16% in recent years, while parking spaces haven’t changed for 20 years. The result is that 10 million drivers a year are scratching their paintwork trying to force their gas guzzling behemoths into spaces that just weren’t designed for them.
38% of drivers said they thought parking spaces were too small, naming supermarkets and train stations as the worst offenders. And some argue that local councils are deliberately make parking spaces smaller to maximize profit - and that Department of Transport guidelines for the size of parking spaces have been the same since 1994.
So what’s the solution? Make car parks really enormous until they cover the EARTH? Make cars even bigger, until they resemble monster trucks that can crush smaller cars in their wake? Or perhaps buy a smaller car that doesn’t look like a wanker’s tank – and try to be considerate enough not to drive it into the side of other people’s motors?