Research by Accident Exchange has previously found that UK drivers cause nearly three quarters of a billion pounds of damage yearly from parking their cars. This means there are 500,000 car parking accidents each year, or an astonishing 1,373 collisions in the car park daily.
The replacement vehicle provider to the motor industry found most parking incidents take place at slow speeds but that does not stop motorists damaging doors, wheels, bumpers and other parts of the bodywork.
A likely causative factor is that today’s larger vehicles are now trying to get into narrow spaces of only 237.5cm in width – the average car park space size – leaving drivers of the latest Golf GTD for instance, at 202cm wide, has just 17.5cm either side.
In comparison, the original Golf MK1 was just 171cm wide.
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