Nearly half of motorists in the UK avoid parallel parking entirely, to save embarrassment and causing damage to parked cars, according to research conducted by a UK money-saving website.
Responding to a 38 per cent increase in search engine terms relating to car repairs, VoucherCodesPro.co.uk polled over 2,500 motorists, split equally between men and women, to discover what was behind it, and to discover whether the current UK driving test is adequately training new drivers.
The results showed that despite the majority of motorists identifying themselves as confident drivers (69 per cent of men and 54 per cent of women), 48 per cent admitted to intentionally never parallel parking.
Of those, 62 per cent were female drivers. The poll went on to probe drivers about their confidence in parking specifically, as opposed to driving in general. The results confirmed that women drivers in particular do not feel confident enough to complete a parking manouevre, with only 32 per cent feeling comfortable with it, compared to 51 per cent of men.
This lack of confidence is having a negative impact on the lives of motorists. Forty two per cent of respondents admitted that they caused minor damage to another car through careless or poor parking.
Despite a clear lack of confidence in conducting what is in reality a basic parking manoeuvre – and integral part of the driving test itself – motorists seem unwilling to better their skills, with a whopping 86 per cent stating that they would not consider a refresher course to help them sharpen up their skills.
George Charles of VoucherCodesPro said: "I was surprised to learn how many Britons admitted to having a lack of confidence when it came to driving and parking. What is more concerning is that Britons do not seem to be addressing their driving weaknesses by saying they'd be willing to take refresher courses despite acknowledging there could be a need for them.
"Although the evidence does not apply to all Britons, it seems that the rise in searches for repairs seems to be attributed to lack of confidence or ability in driving. Nevertheless, no matter the reason for needing repairs, whether it be down to unconfident driving, parking or reversing, it is important to address the problem at the source to ensure similar mistakes are not repeated and they don't end up becoming costly!"