Are parking spaces too small.

  bumpkin 22:15 11 Jun 2018

I believe there is a minimum size for parking spaces and that seems to be the norm where I live. Fine in theory but with bigger cars around if you can squeeze into a space then you can't get out of the door or if you can then when other drivers return they struggle to get in.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:54 11 Jun 2018

sure supermrkets work on the principle more spaces =more customers (stops them driving off to somewhere else).

You can get your car into the space just but its a fight to get in and out without scraping the car at the side.

  wee eddie 23:59 11 Jun 2018

Cars are getting wider and wider

  john bunyan 00:13 12 Jun 2018

Yes, in general but to their credit my local ASDA has painted a double white lines each side of the space with about a foot between them.

  Quickbeam 06:38 12 Jun 2018

If car park designers marked the bay out in a herring bone style the angle would make it much easier for the majority to get in and out and not use two bays as some incompetent relatives of Reginald Molehusband do.

A car park lined out this will lose a space in each row to get the angle, but if that gives 100% bay efficiency over the 80% that most supermarket car parks get because they don't get booked for naff parking, the overall parking efficiency is greater.

However, there is currently no known cure for the BMW X5/Range Rover Evoque or Audi (all models) drivers that need two mother & child or disabled spaced within 5 yards of the entrance...

  BT 08:29 12 Jun 2018


BMW/Audi/Landrover - Yes but not exclusively. Its quite a common problem at my GP Surgery. Not a huge number of spaces, but better than some. Spaces are OK as far as size goes but there's always the ones who park right on the lines which effectively renders some spaces unuseable. Older people usually need a bit more room to open their doors to be able to access their cars due to reduced flexibility and as long as people park sensibly there's usually no problem, but its the people who just rush in and don't have a minute to spare to park properly because they are so very 'Busy' who make it difficult for others.

  bumpkin 09:59 12 Jun 2018

a double white lines each side of the space with about a foot between them.

I have seen that somewhere and thought it a much better setup.

  Belatucadrus 11:46 12 Jun 2018

The worst are old multi story parks which still have the line spacings from the sixties or seventies. Even parking carefully it's frequently only skilled contortionists can then get in or out of the car.

  HondaMan 15:18 12 Jun 2018

There was a new Ford Kuga at my local M&S on Sunday parked centrally in two spaces. The attendant gave his a ticket which he will get in the post in a few days with a photograph of the offending vehicle. Apparently they no longer stick tickets to the windscreen.

  Forum Editor 17:15 12 Jun 2018


That's the solution. I drive in Europe a fair bit, and the herringbone system is pretty common there. It makes for easier exit/entry, and a reduction in 'car-park dinks' on your bodywork.

I can't understand why that system isn't more common here.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:21 12 Jun 2018

just come back to my car - Range rover parked alongside so close I couldn't get in the door. had to go round passenger side and climb across.

Good job he didn't turn up while I was struggling or I might have said something I may have regretted.

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