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."