Regions with NZ's best and worst parallel parkers revealed




Bay of Plenty drivers are rated the country's best parallel parkers.

Those in Wellington are the worst, according to statistics on wheel rims scratched during parking.

El Paso, USA- February 19, 2010: A small yellow Smart fortwo coupe is parked sideways in a parallel parking space on Stanton Street near the University of Texas at El  Paso.

Parallel parking (file picture).


The figures come from a survey by retail finance information researcher Canstar Blue NZ into car tyre purchasing.

General manager Jose George says 37 per cent of the 800 respondents "fessed up" to having scratched their wheel rims when parallel parking.

There was little difference between men and women, but there was between regions.

Bay of Plenty and Waikato parkers were the best, with only around a quarter of them saying they had scratched their rims.

At the other end of the scale, Wellingtonians were out their own, with half of them admitting to doing damage.

Percentages by region: Northland (39), Auckland (40), Waikato (27), Bay of Plenty (26), Hawke's Bay (37), Taranaki (32), Manawatu-Whanganui (33), Wellington (49), Canterbury (36), Otago (35), Southland (30).

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