It’s been a long day at work, the commute has been hell and you can’t wait to just get home and put the kettle on. There’s only one problem, some idiot has parked in your space. Again.
For those of us who don’t live in a house with a driveway, the anxiety of losing your parking space for a simple trip to the shops is enough to make us all agoraphobic. But fear not, ‘You are not aloan’ – sorry wrong advert!
When not creating TV ads that North Korean torture specialists would be proud of, GoCompare Insurance are busy commissioning studies into the parking issues of the British public.
According to the study, almost a third of respondents (29%) have trouble finding a parking space outside their home and nearly half (49%) believe the problem has deteriorated over the last 10 years. Surprisingly, only 15% admitted to falling out with a neighbour, although a quick search through Facebook and YouTube would put that figure closer to 80%.
Bumper to bumper parking
Perhaps it’s the number of cars on the road, a figure that has increased by 42% over the last 20 years, or maybe it’s the families with more than one car who try to cram them all outside their two up two down mid terrace house – a moment of silence for the household without a car owner, who gets to witness the merry ‘speed parking’ dance, never able to cut in.
Some may cry out for parking permits, but the numbers aren’t reassuring. Only 36% felt they helped the situation, while 12% believe they made the situation worse (nothing helps alleviate an issue faster than someone who has evidence they’re right…).
18% didn’t feel that enough was done to enforce parking restrictions in their street. We weren’t able to get a quote from the police about this as they were out fighting real crime.
Must have features
What do you look for in a house? A decent sized kitchen? Big back garden for the children? Ample storage for the hopes and dreams set aside for said children? Unsurprisingly, the study revealed that 54% of respondents marked a driveway or dedicated parking space as a ‘must have’ feature.
Speaking about the study, and life in general, Matt Oliver, spokesman for GoCompare Car Insurance, said:
‘Many residential areas, particularly old terraced streets, predate the existence of cars so were not designed to accommodate parking. Especially when you consider that car ownership has increased considerably over the past 20 years.
‘Some of the residents taking part in our study clearly feel plagued by parking problems at home. But, unless you have a driveway or designated parking space, you have no legal right to park outside your home. So long as they are complying with any restrictions, such as parking permits, yellow lines or zigzags, and are not causing an obstruction, anyone is entitled to park in a residential area.’