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Parking prangs

Have you ever returned to your car to find it has been hit? If so, you're not alone. New research has revealed a rise in car park related accidents. This week's news also looks at the lack of knowledge of motoring laws and who has been worse hit by the rise in home insurance costs.

Increase in car park accidents

A bit of a scrape.

According to new research by Accident Exchange, there has been a 35% increase in parking accidents since 2014, with the average repair bill amounting to £2,050.

It's estimated that over 675,000 parking prangs are registered every year, equating to 1,859 every day, Fleet News reports.

Accident Exchange claims parking-related collisions now account for more than 30% of all accidents.

The accident aftercare specialist believes one of the factors contributing to the rise in parking prangs is car parking spaces in the UK are too small to cope with the size of today's vehicles.

The average size of a parking space in the UK is 4.8 metres long and 2.4 metres wide but SUVs such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class are over 5 metres in length. Even smaller vehicles, such as the Vauxhall Corsa, are larger now than they were 15 years ago.

The UK's largest car park provider, National Car Parks (NCP), has said it plans to widen parking bays "wherever possible".

Research highlights ignorance of motoring laws

A new survey by Warranty Direct has revealed a worrying lack of awareness among drivers when it comes to knowledge of UK driving laws.

Of the 1,000 drivers that were questioned, a quarter thought it was legal to undertake on the motorway and nearly a third believed it was acceptable to pull over and sleep on the hard shoulder if they couldn't find a rest stop.

Worryingly, the survey revealed some motorists don't know the speed limit for single carriageways, with almost a third (32%) thinking the limit was 70mph instead of 60mph.

But that wasn't all. Less than a third (31%) of respondents knew you could receive three points if you accelerated through a puddle, while nearly two fifths (38%) were unaware using a car's horn while stationary was illegal.

Home insurance prices rising fastest in Eastern England

New data from Consumer Intelligence has revealed the annual cost of home insurance has risen by 3.5% year-on-year, with an average annual premium of £123. But where are costs rising fastest?

According to, Eastern England has seen the fastest rise in prices, with costs up by 6.6%. This was followed by Wales, which has seen increases of 5.6%. Meanwhile, those in the South East had the smallest increase, at just 1.8%.

Unsurprisingly, those living in London face the highest premiums. With an average annual premium of £154, Londoners pay 36% more than the lowest average premium of £113 for those living in the South West.

Statistics show prices are also rising faster for the over-50s, at 4.1% compared with 3% for those under 50.

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