16 Feb
Are you confident enough to parallel park?

Basic manoeuvres provide challenges for drivers

While we all like to think we're experts behind the wheel, unfortunately not all of us were blessed Michael Schumacher's driving ability. Whether it's parallel parking, merging onto the motorway or navigating cramped car parks, we all have our shortcomings when it comes to driving. 

Basic techniques are just as challenging to the world's drivers as more complex tasks.

However, a new survey from youth-oriented driving school Young Driver found that in many cases, basic techniques are just as challenging to the world's motorists as more complex tasks. 

Perhaps a fuel card could be a worthy reward for business drivers who can prove the statistics wrong?

Parking continues to challenge drivers

The amount of pressure drivers can face when parking a car is understandable in some cases. While few of us have a problem moving forwards into an open space, parallel parking throws a spanner into the works for many motorists. 

According to Young Driver's survey, this fact was true for 28 per cent of respondents. A further quarter of people prefer to avoid reversing into parking spaces, despite the increased prevalence of reversing cameras and other assisting technologies. 

Head of Young Driver Kim Stanton said these arise not necessarily because people are bad drivers, instead they simply don't practice these skills as often as they should. 

"But once you pass your test, unless you continue to use those techniques, the skills can quickly fade," she explained. "Our research shows that before long, many drivers are actively avoiding having to try, even if it means parking a long way from their destination and walking the rest of the way."

Is technology the answer?

As safety technology becomes more advanced, it seems like it's only a matter of time before drivers begin to rely more on the car's computers than their own ability. However, research from the American Automobile Association (AAA) suggested otherwise. According to a survey from the organisation, only a quarter of respondents would trust a car to park itself, despite the fact the AAA's independent research found these systems to be perfectly capable. 

Despite this, a number of manufacturers are releasing cars packed with technology that removes the stress from parking. For example, the latest BMW 7 Series can park itself, and unlike its potential drivers, it has no reservations about parallel parking. 

Mercedes also unveiled an innovative system that can detect if a parking space is actually big enough for the vehicles it's installed on. As these technologies continue to evolve, the country's drivers won't have to stress about parking for much longer.