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How to Overcome Parking Anxiety

Whether you’re parking in London or another major city, find out how Stashbee can help you overcome parking anxiety.
Do you often get anxious when you have to find somewhere to park, especially in a big city like London? Going round and round, sometimes having no idea where to look, can cause you to panic. You don’t want to be late, you don’t want to hold other cars up, and traffic lights are going from red to green! Parking anxiety is very real, and we totally understand how hard it can be to find a space even at the best of times. But it’s time to stop worrying, thanks to our handy parking tips.

Parking in London and other big cities can be stressful. You thought driving your car would be more comfortable (now more than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and hassle free than public transportation. And for the most part it probably is. The problem is that once you’ve reached your destination, you have to start asking yourself, Where do I park this thing? And that’s where parking anxiety sets in.

Even the most experienced of drivers might feel parking anxiety suddenly. You might think it’s completely weird (especially if you don’t typically experience anxiety), but it happens. In fact, according to a poll conducted by the AA, they found that it was mainly Londoners who had the highest parking-related stress levels.

What Are the Symptoms of Parking Anxiety?

Parking anxiety may be brought on by the fact that you might not be able to find a parking space or, when you do, you won’t be able to park the car (or at least you’ll struggle to). This can be intensified when other cars are at a standstill waiting for you to shift into your parking space or you’re in a new area.

Symptoms will vary, but they typically include:
  • Adrenaline (your fight-or-flight response)
  • Palpitations
  • Shakiness
  • Breathlessness
  • Sweaty palms
  • Tension
  • A sense of claustrophobia

How to Banish Parking Anxiety

Luckily, there are some parking tips that can help you ease that parking anxiety you’ve been getting. For example, Stashbee can help you enjoy stress-free parking by providing guaranteed out of the way parking spaces - music to your ears!

1) Book or rent a parking space from Stashbee

Parking anxiety levels diminish when you know you have a parking space already booked and waiting for you. Plus, it takes away the hassle of having to roam around searching for one. With Stashbee, you can book a parking space in London on an hourly, daily, or monthly basis - so you’re set for however long you may need to park in London.

Not only that, but you’ll know if it’s the right parking space for you, as you can choose where it’s located and what features it has. Whether it’s short-term or long-term parking you’re looking for, banish parking anxiety by booking your spot with us.

2) Leave home earlier

If you’ve got somewhere to be and you know you will need to find a parking spot, try not to put yourself in a position where you might end up late due to parking anxiety. If you leave earlier than you usually would, you’ll give yourself more than enough time to find a space, park your car, and still not be late. If you’re already worried about finding a parking space, don’t add to the tension by cutting it close - book a spot in advance.

3) Carry spare cash

There’s nothing worse than finding a parking space and then not being able to find the correct change to get your parking ticket. Although many machines may accept a credit card these days, it’ll help your parking anxiety if you bring or keep some loose change in your car just in case.

4) Practise reverse and parallel parking

If you’re an experienced driver you might be thinking, I’ve passed my driving test. I’ve got my licence. I don’t need to practise parking! And it makes sense to think like that - but if you’re an anxious driver, especially when it comes to parking, there’s nothing wrong with putting some time aside to practise those parking skills (and maybe even the UK’s parking laws). Even more so if you freeze when having to park in front of traffic or when reverse and parallel parking!

It might not come as a surprise to know that many people give up on a parking space if they have to reverse or parallel park to get into it. But reverse parking is easier than driving straight into a space, and it means it’ll be super easy to drive out of it when you’re leaving (and with less chance of bumping into anything!).

That’s it for our anxious driver tips. Hopefully we’ve helped you lessen your parking anxiety, especially when parking in London and other major cities. No matter where you are, find a parking space near you with Stashbee and you’re all set for your driving adventure. Plus, it’s super easy to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns about your Stashbee parking space. Now that’s parking made easy!


9th Aug 2021

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