Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Britons spend 14 weeks of their lives looking for parking

Britons spend 14 weeks looking for parking

Ever thought it's taking longer to find a car parking space? Well you're right, it is – new research has found British motorists spend on average an alarming 2,500 hours of their lifetime looking for a space.

Research found as a nation, we spend on average 2,549 hours or 14 weeks looking for a space with London topping the list for hard-to-find spaces.

Drivers in the capital can spend up to 20 minutes and 30 seconds searching for a parking bay, while the typical Manchester motorist spends 15 minutes and 45 seconds.

The two cities are followed by Bristol at 13 minutes 15 seconds, Southampton at 12 minutes 15 seconds, while Wolverhampton rounds off the top five worst offending cities at 10 minutes and 35 seconds.

Parking is also the biggest pain for the UK's motorists. The survey found parking tops the list of frustrations with more than 45 per cent of respondents citing it as the main problem they face when on the road. Lack of manners recorded 22 per cent and middle lane hoggers 17 per cent.

A spokesman said: "It perhaps comes as no surprise that cities like London and Manchester have parking congestion problems.

"As if motorists haven't had enough to contend with as fuel and motor insurance costs have risen over recent years, they now spend precious time waiting to park when they reach their destination."

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