Edinburgh drivers most likely to run into problems when parking


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Admiral has carried out some research to find out where in the UK is worst for parking. Read on for our findings.


Parking is something that drivers everywhere have to deal with. Some are perfect parkers whilst others take several attempts and still struggle to get it spot on.

Even if you can park well, there’s always a chance that someone careless might take the spot next to you and end up knocking your car. With all this in mind, we were interested to find out where in the UK was worst for parking in 2017.

Drivers in the Scottish capital should take extra care, since it turns out that place is Edinburgh. Not only is this the city where drivers are most likely to make a parking related claim on their insurance, but it also has the second highest number of parking tickets issued per 100 cars.

Almost one in 10 of all accident-related insurance claims in the UK are due to parking issues, and in Edinburgh this figure is as high as 13.2%. These claims might stem from hitting something like a barrier or a pillar, bumping another car or being hit by someone else when parking.

The second and third most problematic cities for parking-related accidents were York with 13.1% and Aberdeen with 12.9%. On the other hand, Bradford (6%), Luton (6.5%) and Birmingham (6.8%) have the lowest proportion of parking-related accident claims.

Interestingly, 10.6% of claims were from women compared to 9.1% from men. And experience doesn’t always win out over youth, since over 65s were responsible for 14.7% of claims compared to 7.2% from 17-24-year-olds.

When it comes to the towns and cities where you’re most likely to get a parking ticket, Edinburgh is joint second on the list with London. Top of the list was Brighton & Hove.

At the other end of the scale are Stockton on Tees, Mansfield, Dudley and Peterborough. The fewest parking tickets per 100 vehicles were issued in these places in 2017.

Commenting on the findings, Sabine Williams, Head of Motor at Admiral, said: “Parking prangs are common car insurance claims accounting for one in ten claims we deal with.

“We’re still a long way from self-parking vehicles and while things like parking sensors can assist with manoeuvring tight spaces and can reduce the risk of bumping into something as you park, they certainly aren’t fail safe and they aren’t in every vehicle.

“Our advice to all drivers to avoid both PCNs and parking accidents is to try and plan where you will park in advance and to take your time when manoeuvring into and out of parking spaces, especially in older car parks where the bays can be a tight fit for modern vehicles.”

“Parking is a set manoeuvre on the driving test so all drivers should know how to park correctly, and safely but our advice to drivers to avoid getting into trouble when parking is to simply take their time.”

Our top tips for parking

  1. Check any parking rules and regulations. These should be on display in the area.
  2. Make sure you don’t go over your time limit and risk getting fined.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings when parking to avoid bumps, and park in the centre of the marked space.
  4. Follow the layout of the car park so as not to risk a prang.

Be honest and leave your contact details if you bump another vehicle so both parties can contact their insurers as soon as possible.

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