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It has been reported that the average driver spends 106 days of their life searching for a parking space – a depressing thought and one that probably conjures up some not so happy memories of time spent driving round and round in sheer frustration.
We’ve all been there, we’re in a rush to get somewhere but there’s nowhere to park. The more we drive around, the more frustrated we get, time passes by and before we know it at least twenty minutes of our day can be lost on this agonising manoeuvre.
In fact, a new survey reveals that the average motorist actually wastes a total of 2,549 hours circling the streets in search of a spot, whether it’s on the school run, at the supermarket, in town or even at the airport, we’ve all been there.
The survey by ParkatmyHouse.co.uk has revealed that for every motorist in the UK, it takes an average of 6 minutes and 45 seconds to find a suitable space, and for those in London, it can take as long as 20 minutes due to so many restrictions such as yellow lines, meters and areas restricted to resident parking.
As expected, London is by far the worst place to locate a parking spot easily hence the reason why many people opt for public transport on a daily basis to simply avoid the cost as well as the stress! But London is not alone in its parking problems – according to the survey it can actually take more than 10 minutes of searching in Manchester, Southampton, Bristol and Wolverhampton.
Of the drivers who took part in the survey, 81 per cent said it often took them at least 20 minutes or more to find somewhere to park and 45 per cent described parking as their biggest motoring headache.
ParkatmyHouse.co.uk is a website which provides motorists with a solution to their parking misery by offering an app that directs drivers to private, pre-booked parking spaces. Company CEO Alex Stephany claimed the app could save drivers up to 50 hours a year searching for an elusive parking space in an unfamiliar area.
He said: “Driving can be stressful at the best of times, and arriving at your destination to find there is no parking only adds to drivers’ woes.
“However it’s not just motorists it affects, our towns and high streets also suffer from the shortage of convenient parking.
“Waiting anything up to twenty minutes for a parking space ultimately encourages people to use out of town shopping centres or shop online”.