'Stressful' Christmas parking alert

Parking-related worries during Christmas are one of the important reasons for festive stress, a study has found.

The survey by online used-car retailer Autoquake.com also found that women were more stressed about parking than men.

The company asked 3,000 drivers to rate the Christmas-time parking situation on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most stressful.

Motorists in general hate being awarded a penalty parking ticket, scoring an average of 7.2 in the poll. Irritation from other people's parking came second with 6.7, followed by finding a free parking space, which scored 6.5.

Men and women displayed different attitudes towards the parking problems, with women more concerned about things like searching for a free space - rated seven by women and 5.7 by men.

Smaller parking spaces were given 6.8 by women and 5.5 by men.

Autoquake.com's CEO, Dermot Halpin, said: "Christmas shopping can be a test of patience. From heavy traffic, to full car parks, to the worry of picking up a penalty ticket if you're a few minutes late getting back to the car, it's a festive headache many of us could do without."

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