HAVE you ever wondered why you are constantly tearing off your wing mirrors in car parks?
It emerges that Spanish car parks are the stingiest with space in the whole of Europe.
And, according to a study by EuroTest, they are not only the smallest…they have also been slammed for being ‘dark and cramped’ and having poor wheelchair access.
According to regulations in Barcelona, parking spaces must be at least 2.2m wide and 4.5m long, while drivers in Madrid are given marginally more room for manoeuvre with spaces that are 2.25m wide.
This compares to parking bays elsewhere in Europe, which are typically 2.4 to 2.5m wide and 4.8m long.
EuroTest argued in the study that modern parking bays should be at least 2.5m wide, to allow for the increase in average car sizes over recent decades.
A 1974 Volkswagen Golf was 1.61m wide, whereas the 2012 model is 2.03m wide including wing mirrors.