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Does my car look big in this?

Published by Mike Shea in Motoring · 15 July 2021
Tags: Carcarsizesgarages
I suppose you have noticed, when out shopping and parking your car, that it is often a bit of a squeeze to get between the lines?  Much contortions required to get out of your car without having your door bang into the car next door?  And, do you have a garage at home?  What is in it?  If it's anything like mine, it is a store room for everything and anything excpt the car!  Simpy not big enough.  Here's why:

The Development Control Advice Note 15, (1999) 2nd Edition Vehicular Access Standards by The Planning Service, UK government states that:
  • The term ‘one space’ used in the standards refers to standing area only and the recommended minimum dimensions for a car space are 4.8 metres long by 2.4 metres wide.

Now compare that with some real measurements:
  • A well known DIY superstore car parking space – 2.24 metres.
  • A well known supermarket chain car parking space – 2.39 metres.
  • A workplace car parking space – 2.34 metres.
  • All below the minimum size.

Why not go and measure the car parking spaces near you?

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