Whilst in recent years, the driving test has become more rigorous and now includes reverse parking into a space of about two car lengths, although it seems there is still some way to go to give young drivers self-confidence when it comes to parking.
Grant Mitchell, Head of Motor Insurance at The Co-operative, said: “Our findings show the extent to which new motorists worry about driving. Although young drivers have the reputation for being reckless and too confident, we can see that many young people actually lack the confidence they need on the road.
“Of course, the road can be a scary place when you first start driving, but it’s surprising that basic things such as parking or negotiating roundabouts are still a worry for motorists long after they’ve passed their driving test.”
Although research by LV= reveals that the average space for parking in residential areas has shrunk by 9% over the last 10 years. Since 2001, motorists have seen the space available for residental parking decrease from 9.84 metres per car to 8.97 in 2011. Much of this space has been taken up by the 15% growth in the number of cars now on Britian’s roads.
A further factor is that cars are growing in length and have increased by 15 cms since 2001, the average new car measures 4.3 metres. Drivers in London are most affected by the parking squeeze where Westminster for example has only 4.33 metres per car of available space, which has shrunk by a whopping 21% since 2001.
John O’Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance (http://compareinsurers.com/
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Grant Mitchell from Co-operative Car Insurance (http://compareinsurers.com/