Parking can be a nightmare for some drivers and the UK’s motorists have now had their say on their most dreaded parking manoeuvres.

Research by asked 500 Brits to name their biggest parking fears.

Parking anxiety a common concern

Overall, the study showed that one in seven drivers get nervous when it comes to parking their vehicle. That said, there are a number of circumstances which can be particularly harrowing for the nation’s drivers.

In first position was parking in a tight space, and it’s easy to see why when so many larger cars – SUVs, 4x4s and a growing number of family vehicles – can now be seen on the UK’s roads.

Coming in second was the oft-dreaded parallel parking manoeuvre, while parking in a multi-storey car park rounded out the top three. Other entrants on the list included parking next to an expensive vehicle and having to rely on sensors and other technology when the driver can’t see clearly behind.

Harrison Woods, managing director at, said: “Only a few years ago, I would have suspected that parallel parking would be at the number one spot; but given the UK’s love of large cars, it is perhaps no surprise that parking in a tight space is the most nerve racking.”

To tackle the issue for many drivers, the company continues to advocate for the size of the average UK parking space to be increased. It’s a measure which the organisation believes is now long overdue.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Parking can be a stressful experience for many people. Nobody wants to scratch or bump their vehicle, let alone having to deal with hitting another car, but patience and experience are crucial when it comes to parking safely.”

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