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DRIVERS SUFFERING PARKING PARANOIA

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

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A PLAGUE of parking phobias is putting the brake on drivers' confidence, according to a survey.

Poor parallel parking skills are leading drivers to doubt their ability, with women particularly having trouble with this manoeuvre, the AA/Populus survey found.

As many as 25 per cent of women motorists and 16 per cent of all drivers said they were not confident about lining their vehicle up next to another one.

The survey of 20,073 adults showed that 19 per cent had changed their plans at the last minute as they lacked the confidence or skill to get their vehicle into the parking space provided.

Women (28 per cent) were twice as likely as men (14 per cent) to change their parking plans in this way.

As many as a quarter of all drivers said they had blacklisted roads as they found the parking manoeuvres too hard, while 29 per cent have shunned certain car parks for the same reason, with motorists in Scotland, Wales, eastern England and southeast England most likely to have done this.

AA Driving School managing director Jim Kirkwood said: "Parking problems are causing a needless headache for a big proportion of UK drivers.

"Drivers should not feel they are beyond help — most people can overcome their driving problems with a little professional tuition and guidance."

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  • Dooyah  |  November 08 2012, 4:28PM

    Easy to spot - siarad2 is driving a Karnak Hall. http://tinyurl.com/d457lah siarad2 For the sake of safety, don't drive.

  • hacker_jack  |  November 08 2012, 3:56PM

    by newsaffairWednesday, November 07 2012, 5:00PM "Anybody,viewed not capable of performing driving skills,that they have previously been tested on,should be made to resit their test again,but some people regard holding their phone,as a human right." ----------------- To be fair you do not need to be able to parallel park (which is most people's one and only issue in order to be a perfectly safe and competent driver. Personally I'd much prefer a driver who decides that they are better off not attempting the manoeuvre and finding somewhere else to park than one who carries on regardless and ends up hitting something.

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  • siarad2  |  November 08 2012, 11:11AM

    @GSVale Wow your mirrors point forward, utterly amazing, I'm perplexed though how do you see in them?

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  • newsaffair  |  November 08 2012, 8:48AM

    Siarad2, thanks for giving me a laugh,made my day, PS, hope we don`t meet up somewhere!!

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  • GSVale  |  November 07 2012, 11:39PM

    Just wondering siarad2, have you heard of mirrors. Driving and Parking becomes a whole new world when you use them lol

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  • brochadav  |  November 07 2012, 8:25PM

    I agree about modern cars and poor visibility but I don't have trouble personally. But then I used to spend a lot of time driving for work and practise makes perfect. I also noticed that it not so much women are bad drivers, more people with certain types of vehicle. 4X4 drivers who can't handle big vehicles safely, sports car drivers who think they own the road and then foreign drivers who don't know the rules properly. The number of near misses I see at roundabouts as so many don't give way to the right. And those who have forgotten how to indicate!!

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  • siarad2  |  November 07 2012, 7:49PM

    My car's a nightmare going forward & even worse reversing, modern cars are terribly designed with dreadful visibility. I used to look behind before overtaking but all I see now is a great door pillar, likewise going forward I can't see anything to the right as the windscreen pillar blanks it, going round roundabouts means I either look out of the side to see right or through the windscreen to see who's coming from the left, blanking to the right. On a right bend near me, looking out the side window I can't see people walking in the road so if any stumbles I'd hit them.

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  • Jiffy  |  November 07 2012, 6:33PM

    How many accidents could be prevented by thinning out drivers who are unable to park properly. Add those with poor eyesight and road safety levels in the UK would take a mighty leap forward. That women drivers are the worst at parking confirms what all men have known for generations.

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  • newsaffair  |  November 07 2012, 5:00PM

    Anybody,viewed not capable of performing driving skills,that they have previously been tested on,should be made to resit their test again,but some people regard holding their phone,as a human right.

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