WHETHER they’re reversing in Rhyl or parallel parking in Prestatyn, Welsh drivers are officially the safest and accurate in the UK, according to a new survey carried out by Nissan.
The brand – renowned for its advanced range of parking technologies – 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, Scottish drivers revealed themselves to be the least conscientious in the UK with 6% confessing to a parking accident in the last five years.
UK drivers named the neatest parkers
While Welsh drivers topped the UK rankings for parking perfection, 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.
Nissan – the saviour of problematic parkers
The findings of this latest parking survey highlight the usefulness and potentially money-saving potential of Nissan’s acclaimed parking assistance technologies. The brand has pioneered the development and integration of parking technology for decades and offers some of the most advanced parking assistant systems on the market.
For example, the all-new Pulsar hatchback features Around View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection. Designed to assist with parking, the former gives the driver a virtual bird’s-eye view of their vehicle as they manoeuvre into a space – providing a ‘safety net’ for drivers.
Moving Object Detection adds an extra layer of protection by warning the driver if something moves into the path of a moving vehicle. By detecting moving objects around the car and alerting the driver, this technology enhances safety when pulling out of a parking space, helping give drivers better awareness of their surroundings and increased peace of mind.
For more information about the Nissan Pulsar and its impressive Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection technologies, visit www.nissan.eu/experience-nissan.html.