Christmas car parks strain the festive spirit

Picking up a parking ticket over the festive season is a worry for many drivers

Picking up a parking ticket over the festive season is a worry for many drivers

Busy Christmas car parks are one of the major sources of stress during the festive season, especially for women. That’s according to research conducted by online used car retailer Autoquake.com.

Autoquake asked 3,000 drivers what they found most maddening about parking when Christmas shopping, scoring from one to ten (with ten being most stressful). The worry of being issued with a penalty parking ticket raised drivers’ heart rates most, scoring an average of 7.2. The next biggest irritation was other people’s parking, scoring 6.7 followed by finding a free parking space, scoring 6.5.

The survey found a big difference in the attitudes of men and women. Searching for a free space scored 7 on the ‘stress-ometer’ for women, compared with just 5.7 for men. Parking spaces that are too small scored 6.8 for women and 5.5 for men.

Commenting on the poll, Autoquake.com’s CEO, Dermot Halpin said: “Christmas shopping can be a test of patience. “From heavy traffic, to full car parks, to the worry of picking up a penalty ticket if you’re a few minutes late getting back to the car, it’s a festive headache many of us could do without.”

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