Cars Getting Bigger And Harder To Park
Cars have become larger and harder to park, suggesting that drivers are not to blame for the increasing number of parking mishaps that cost millions to fix, according to research by Accident Exchange.
Accident Exchange, which provides replacement cars following collisions, says that the latest Volkswagen Golf is 203cm wide.
That only leaves 17.25cm either side of the average parking bay which is 237.5cm.
In contrast, the original Volkswagen Golf from the 1970s is only 171cm wide.
Accident Exchange says parking collisions are the second most common type behind rear-end shunts, and collectively cost £716m a year.
These now incorporate 501,160 collisions, or 1,373 a day, which is 4% more than 2010. The typical cost of repairs is £1,428.
Battling for spaces
Liz Fisher of Accident Exchange, said: “Looking at the statistics, you’d think there is chaos in car parks up and down the country and that drivers are literally battling for spaces to park.
“The fact is, though, that drivers are having to squeeze their larger cars into smaller spaces and there are many more car journeys made than just a decade ago.
“On top of that, visibility from inside the cabin of new cars is compromised compared to older vehicles, which used far more glass and had lower sills and narrower pillars. That could be part of the explanation for the recent increase.”
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