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Welsh drivers most adept at parking, finds Nissan survey

The brand asked 9,177 motorists in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK to review their parking performance over the past five years and confess to any parking misdemeanours.

The results showed that drivers in Wales recorded the fewest number of bumps, scrapes and prangs while parking, with just 1% of respondents admitting to having had a parking accident. By contrast, parking prangs were highest amongst Scottish drivers, with 6% confessing to a parking accident in the last five years.

Overall, UK motorists have been revealed as the neatest and least prang-prone in Europe. Drivers in Italy, Spain, Germany and France all admitted to more accidents than British drivers in the past five years.

Italian drivers were the most accident-prone with one in two admitting to damaging their cars over the same period – 26% of them doing so while attempting a parking manoeuvre. By contrast, British drivers were the most cautious, with just 10% reporting a parking-related incident.

In four out of five of the nations surveyed, reversing proved the most challenging manoeuvre, with the tricky task accounting for 45% of all parking bumps; in Italy a staggering 51% of bumps were caused while in reverse.

The survey was held by the carmaker to highlight the usefulness and potentially money-saving potential of its parking assistance technologies, including the Around View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection on the new Pulsar. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.