Car parking: Drivers will never lose their cars again with this simple device

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Car parking errors cost British drivers over five and a half million jours each year, according to new research, but this could soon be a thing of the past due to a new device. A new app from car company Skoda ensures owners can find their vehicle even in the most crowded car parks. 

The Skoda Connect App’s Parking Position feature transmits data after each trip so road users can use GPS to determine the exact location of their vehicle. 

Road users are then able to view this information on a smartphone app or through a smartwatch device. 

The app also includes a revolutionary Hink and Flash feature which will ensure road users don’t spend ages trying to locate a car on a digital map. 

At the touch of one button, the car’s horn will sound and the hazard lights will flash as long as the wonder is within 500 metres of the vehicle. 

The new divide is set to save road users time when searching for their vehicle in busy car parks while helping to keep their car safe. 

Suffering trouble finding a vehicle is a major issue for UK motorists with over half of road users admitting to losing their car. 

A total of 52 percent of drivers revealed they were temporarily unable to find their car at least once every year.

A further 25 percent of British road users admitted to losing their car twice in the last 12 months with 14 percent suffering three or more times. 

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Drivers aged between 18 and 25 were some of the highest offenders after admitting to losing their cars at least 2.5 times per year.

In a shocking blow, five percent of these drivers admitted to losing their vehicle over 10 times in the last 12 months.  

Older drivers were found to be better at remembering where they worked their vehicle with those over the age of 66 losing their vehicle just 0.82 times a year on average.

Analysis by the brand found that shopping centre car parks were the most common area to momentarily lose a vehicle. 

A total of 58 percent of road users said they misplaced their vehicles after stopping their vehicles in this area. 

One road user said: “I was shopping for a dress for my hen night in a large shopping centre. I couldn’t find my car when I returned to the car park. 

“I searched for half an hour for it. Then I asked a security guard to help. In total, six security guards were looking for my car. 

“They couldn’t find it. I had to report it as stolen. I rang my brother to give me a lift home. Guess what? As we drove out of the car park, there was my car parked where I’d left it.”

Supermarkets were the second most common area road users lost a vehicle with 36 percent admitting to struggling to find their car after parking there.  

Airports were the next most common with 21 percent losing their vehicles as 12 percent  admitted to misplacing their car after an event or festival. 

Another road user said: “Going round and round in circles at an airport car park looking for my car for at least 30 minutes. 

“Getting near to tears when remembering I’d actually got a taxi to the airport in the first place. It had been a long flight!”

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