Forgot where your car is?

Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car?

Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car? - Credit: PA

Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car? Don't worry, as you're not alone.

According to a new survey from Direct Line, Britain is a nation of dozy parkers with many drivers forgetting where they have left their car.

Based on a survey of 2,003 adults, as many as 14% have been forgetful over the last two years as to the exact location of their vehicle. Women appear to be more absent-minded than men, with 16% being forgetful in the last two years compared with 12% of men.

The poll showed that women took an average of 27 minutes to track down their lost car, compared with as long as 50 minutes on average for men. And while men might be bad at asking for directions when lost while actually in the car, they are far more likely (25%) to ask for help in getting to a missing vehicle than women (only 7%).

Men are most likely to have lost their car in a city centre car park or having parked in city centre streets, while women are more prone to forget where they parked at a supermarket car park.


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Nearly a quarter (23%) of those who forgot where they left their vehicle have had to pay extra parking charges – costing more than £432,000 a year.

And, to add insult to injury, 8% got landed with a parking fine, with the fines totalling around £11.28m in the last two years

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All told, British drivers have spent 78,000 days looking for their vehicles over the last two years.

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