We’ve examined the costs of parking extensively in terms of lost time, money, additional pollution, and even safety, but one thing that hasn’t been looked at previously is the human toll. A recent study reported in the Evening Standard in the United Kingdom examined how stressful parking can be for the average driver. Key findings in the study, conducted by Spacehopper, include the fact that almost 2/3rds of drivers in the UK have cancelled a family outing do to an inability to find parking.
Additionally, 47% of the population admits to parking illegally at least once due to lack of legal parking, and some consider parking more stressful than a visit to the dentist.
In a lot of ways parking is an inherently stressful activity. When you arrive at your destination, unless a parking spot is immediately available, your mind is already beginning to make calculations as to the closest spot. Every foot you drive away from your destination gets more maddening as you are forced to accept a longer and longer walk back, while debating if it is worth circling back a second time to see if any new spaces have opened up. All the while, more and more time passes as you become later and later for your arrival time.
This is part of why tools like Parker were created, to take the stress and guesswork out of Parking. When you are only a few blocks from your destination, and your guidance app suddenly points you to a new location a block away where you know a parking space will be available, stress is no longer a factor in parking. The study from Spacehopper just helps measure the impact of a phenomenon we’ve known all along.