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Park it! Over 50% Choose Private Driveways to Save up to £140 on Car Insurance



Over 50% of people use private driveway parking at night as the best parking place to keep car insurance quotes down, according to new figures from Quotezone.co.uk.

The leading insurance comparison website found that keeping a car on a private driveway resulted in average premiums of £653 per year – over £140 cheaper than keeping it on the road.

While carports provided the cheapest option, £562, only 0.5% of motorists are lucky enough to have one. Parking on a road away from home proved the most expensive option, with a possible £400 added to the policy, coming in at an average of £1,063.

Quotezone.co.uk’s findings are based on car insurance premiums for over 850,000 drivers, collected over a period of 12 months, up to the end of October 2020.

Responding to the new data, Greg Wilson, founder of Quotezone.co.uk, one of the country’s leading car insurance comparison sites, comments

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that parking your car off the road is likely to result in cheaper insurance premiums than if you parked on the roadside. After all, cars parked on the road have a higher risk of being sideswiped by a passing vehicle or rear-ended by another motorist attempting to park. Cars parked on the road are also more attractive to would-be thieves as well because they don’t have to come onto your property to gain access to the vehicle.

“However, many motorists might be surprised to realise just how much they could save by using private driveway parking. Only 13% of people use their garage to store their car. If you currently use your garage for extra storage or a home office then now might be the time for a clear out, to see if you can unlock some savings.

“Most cars now come with alarms, immobilisers and trackers but you can take extra precautions by not leaving valuables in plain sight for opportunistic thieves, choose well-lit areas or add outdoor lighting. Dash cams can be ideal for those who have to park their cars on the road and CCTV cameras can help for secure or unsecure garages and driveways.”

Quotezone.co.uk has over 110 UK car insurance providers on its panel, helping over 3 million users find competitive deals, including niche products such as young driver insurance, over 70s car insurance and van insurance.

This article is intended as generic information only and is not intended to apply to anybody’s specific circumstances, demands or needs. The views expressed are not intended to provide any financial service or to give any recommendation or advice. Products and services are only mentioned for illustrative rather than promotional purposes.