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Parking spaces putting squeeze on motorists

Monday 21 November 2016, By Autovolo

Parking spaces putting squeeze on motorists

Parking spaces putting squeeze on motorists

The increasing use of large SUVs in Britain is causing havoc in car parks, where spaces are simply not big enough to cope.

Cars such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class measure more than five metres long and two metres wide, while the average parking space is a just 4.8 metres long and only 40cm wider.

Research by Accident Exchange has found that there has been an estimated 35 per cent increase in the amount of parking accidents since 2014, with the average bill for these coming in at around £2,050.

Parking prangs are also to blame for more than 30 per cent of all recorded accidents, with around 675,000 of these occurring each year – some 1,859 per day.

Scott Hamilton-Cooper, director of operations at Accident Exchange, said: “Drivers are having to squeeze increasingly large cars into spaces that generally haven’t got any larger for a very long time.

“Almost all of the councils we researched carried over the government’s recommendation, which makes things tight for large cars.

“This could be contributing to the rise in car parking incidents we are seeing. Manufacturers follow the market, so cars are outgrowing parking spaces.

“Not only are popular SUVs usurping smaller hatchbacks when it comes to new car sales, older smaller cars are being taken off the street.

“The undoubted success of the SUV segment will have played its part – perhaps the roads aren’t quite ready for them because some drivers feel certain car parks are no-go areas due to the sheer length and width of their cars.”