Car Parks Are Too Tight Fit For Big 4 x 4sCompact Cars, Bridgend
December 15, 2016 at 12:12 PM
An increasing number of new 4 x 4s are getting too big for Britain’s parking spaces, leading to an increase in parking-related accidents.
The popularity of big 4 x 4s, such as the LandRover Discovery and Toyota Rav 4, is a big factor in the 35% increase in parking scratches costing £1.4bn per annum, according to accident aftercare specialist Accident Exchange.
Some car parks are now completely ‘no-go’ areas for 4x4s as 87% of councils use outmoded government guidelines of 4.8 x 2.4 m, even though a big 4x4 measures as much as 5.0 x 2.0 metres. In addition, there’s also the challenge of pillars and tight ramps in multi-storey car parks.
It’s not just the rising popularity of 4x4s impacting the size of vehicles, smaller cars are growing larger than their previous counterparts just 15 years ago.
Car parking prangs now make up more than 30% of all accidents, says Accident Exchange. A recent estimate put 675,000 car parking collisions of this type per year – an incredible 1,859 every day. The average bill to repair accident-damaged vehicles is £2,050 and that’s serious money.
“Drivers are having to squeeze increasingly large cars into spaces whose size has remained static for a very long time,” explained Scott Hamilton-Cooper
“Almost all of the councils we contacted stuck to the government’s original recommendation, which makes things really tight for large cars."
This could be the reason behind the increase in car parking incidents we are seeing. Manufacturers follow market demand, and so cars are outgrowing parking spaces.
“Not only are popular 4x4s and SUVs displacing smaller hatchbacks with regard new cars sales, older smaller cars are being taken off the street.”