New cars can often be too big for standard size parking bays (Picture iStock/Chaiyaporn1144)
Anyone who’s ever struggled to park has the perfect excuse: more cars than ever are too big for the average UK parking space. According to a survey by consumer association Which?, more than 100 models of car sold within the last 10 years are bigger than the standard size for parking bays.
The result has led to some drivers being penalised for parking with part of their car outside a bay. And one organisation believes it has led to an increase in parking prangs that is costing the UK’s drivers billions of pounds. Here’s why the size of parking bays is a problem.
How big are standard UK parking bays?
One in seven drivers admits to dropping litter (iStock/Art of Photo)
It isn’t just driving that can put you in danger of a hefty fine. New laws have come into force meaning car owners can get bigger fines for dropping litter than speeding. And if more new rules get the green light, drivers who park partially on the pavement could face £70 fines. Read on to find out more.
New fines for dropping litter
According to a survey, the majority of British drivers are hopeless at parking and admit that poor parking etiquette is their worst driving habit.
But in defence of drivers, is it any wonder most of us find parking brings us out in a cold sweat? Cars have grown and parking bays haven’t. The average car is now said to be two inches wider than the minimum 5ft 11ins gap they have to squeeze into.
So despite parking systems becoming increasingly common, it’s little wonder that thousands of motorists regret not choosing a used car fitted with parking sensors, or wish they’d spent that little bit extra on a new motor and added the sensors as an option.
However, help is at hand. Parisian-style bump-and-grind parking can be banished by fitting aftermarket parking sensors to a car. Here’s how to attain parking perfection.
Mobile phone apps can help drivers in many different areas (Picture © Mazda)
Motoring apps are one of the unsung revolutions of the digital age. Whether it’s playing games, locating car parks or helping your breakdown company find you in a strange neighbourhood, there really is an app for that. Here we look at five different areas of driving and the mobile phone apps that could come in handy to help save drivers money.
Motoring apps: Satellite navigation
Specify the manufacturer’s built-in sat nav on any car and it’ll cost you hundreds of pounds. If it’s a small car, second-hand buyers won’t pay any extra for a sat nav so specifying one on a new car could be a costly business. And besides, you can have a sat nav on your phone.
For navigation, there are a wide variety of free and paid-for apps, such as Here, Waze and CoPilot. Useful features worth considering are whether the apps take post codes; some car sat navs don’t. The app should also have a super simple screen with large icons and be intuitive to use. Voice guidance is handy and ideally you want it to work offline so if you’re abroad you don’t have to use an expensive data connection to get to where you’re going.