Parking Stress

By Rob Harvey
By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager - Bridge Classic Cars

In a recent survey, commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, 49% of Brits said that they find parking stressful and take whatever measures possible to avoid certain manoeuvres.

Additionally, one in four UK drivers said parking with family members in the vehicle is even more stressful.

Of all the parking manoeuvres, reverse parking came out as the most stressful with 15% of the vote.

All of these statistics have led to more than half of UK families (57%) having concerns about buying or using a large car because of parking stress, despite the ever-increasing preference for a larger vehicle.

The average UK garage measures 2.4m x 4.9m. However, the average size of vehicles in the UK continues to increase as a result of greater demand and increased safety legislation. This means that more precise parking manoeuvres are needed to keep your car safe and secure.


This survey was conducted as part of the promotion of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz. This is fitted with the new Park Assist Plus with memory function which can automatically reverse park the vehicle in both parallel and perpendicular spaces.

Available across the Volkswagen ID. Range, the Park Assist Plus system can be taught up to five different parking manoeuvres. The function remembers parking manoeuvres at speeds below 40km/h with a travel distance of up to 50 metres – for example, for reversing into a tight bay or garage. The driver just has to park once and save that manoeuvre, enabling the car to complete the same sequence autonomously, in future.

Before carrying out a parking manoeuvre, Park Assist Plus can also search for a parking space. It does this thanks to its intelligent assistance system which detects suitable parallel parking spaces at speeds of up to 40km/h and parking bays at up to 20km/h. Once a suitable spot has been found, the driver presses the brake and activates the parking procedure.


Volkswagen ID. Buzz

With 1,121 litres of cargo space, a practical and spacious interior for five, and up to 258 miles of range on a single charge, as well as six USB-C charging points and touchscreen infotainment, the ID. Buzz makes for an interesting family vehicle.

Built on Volkswagen’s electric-first Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), the ID. Buzz is Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ first factory-built all-electric model, providing customers with the ability to travel in a stylish, zero-emission commercial vehicle.

The Statistics

  • A new survey confirms that half of Brits (49%) find parking stressful and take measures to avoid certain manoeuvres
  • 40% of respondents say parking is more stressful when members of their family are in the vehicle, while 15% find reverse parking the most stressful manoeuvre
  • More than half of UK families (57%) have concerns about buying or using a large car because of ‘parking stress’, despite the growing preference for a larger vehicle

Results are taken from a OnePoll survey of 1,000 drivers, with a family, in the UK, conducted in December 2023, commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

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