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How much time do we waste looking for parking?

La Crosse, WI, United States / Classic Rock 100.1

If you’re anything like me, you’ve made a few loops through the one-way streets downtown La Crosse looking for a prime parking spot. It’s not just here in town though, it’s creeping through the parking lots at Festival, waiting for someone to leave the spot you want at the mall, or, if you live near campus during the school year, simply finding anywhere to stash your ride.

From the USA Today Network:

Motorists spend an average of 17 hours a year searching for spots on streets, in lots, or in garages, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The hunt adds up to an estimated $345 per driver in wasted time, fuel, and emissions, according to the analysis by INRIX, a leading specialist in connected car services and transportation analytics.

Overpaying — caused by drivers’ inability to estimate how long they need to park or forking over extra at a garage to avoid the risk of getting a parking ticket — costs Americans more than $20 billion a year or $97 per driver, the report estimated.
That’s also the AVERAGE, meaning that a good deal of drivers, namely those in big cities, spend a LOT more time looking for parking. New Yorkers spend on average 107 hours – or you know, about 4.5 days – per year looking for parking, while people in L.A. are spending “only” 85 hours per year.
Difficulty parking is leading more people to avoid disaster parking areas like shopping centers and sporting arenas altogether, aided by the ease of shopping online and big-ass TVs that people have to watch sports at home.
More from the story:

The broader U.S. economy also feels the parking pain. In all, 63% of the nearly 6,000 U.S. drivers surveyed reported they avoided driving to shopping sites, airports, leisure or sports centers, and other destinations due to parking challenges. The report acknowledged those drivers instead may have used other forms of transportation to reach their destinations or used e-commerce to make purchases after skipping stores.


Additionally, nearly 42% of the U.S. respondents said they missed an appointment, 34% abandoned a trip due to parking issues and 23% experienced road rage, the report said.

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