UK drivers spend nearly four days a year searching for a parking space

It’s a situation that driverless cars promise to put an end to – the wasted time spent trying to find a parking space when you could be getting on with your day.

And new research from the British Parking Association (BPA) shows just what a waste of time parking can be. Its survey found that the average UK motorist spends 91 hours every year – almost four days – looking for a parking space.

Drivers in London spend almost eight minutes looking for somewhere to park, found the poll, while those in the East of England and the East Midlands typically take five minutes to find a suitable spot.

The BPA research also found that drivers’ frustrations are compounded by people who park badly and block more than one space (59%), a lack of parking (48%), car parks that are difficult to navigate (27%) and trouble finding a pay and display machine (17%).