MERIDEN, Conn., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- When looking for a parking spot at
the mall, do you use the "search and destroy" method or the "lay and wait?"
Or, are you a "stalker" -- following your fellow shoppers as they head back to
According to Response Insurance, a national direct to the consumer auto
insurer, there are four major approaches drivers use to find that perfect
parking spot. But, not all are created equal.
* The Search & Destroy type roams the aisles cruising endlessly for the
perfect spot to open up. This stress-provoking method can also lead to
conflict with fellow Search & Destroyers.
* Those who Lay & Wait position themselves at the end of an aisle waiting
for a space to open up in what they start to see as their territory.
This type runs the risk of turf battles with Search & Destroyers.
* Drivers who simply See It & Take It are often the most successful and
least stressed out. They take the first spot they see in the lot,
almost regardless of the distance to the store entrance. They will
likely walk farther (and work off some of those holiday-pounds) and
will often save time as well.
* But perhaps the most predatory are the Stalkers, who watch for shoppers
leaving the store and slowly follow them back to their parking spot,
like the shark in Jaws. This method is fraught with pitfalls since
either a Search & Destroy or a Lay & Wait might be closer to the space
when they get there. In addition, the shopper could either
intentionally or not, walk down the wrong aisle looking for their car,
leaving the Stalker out in the cold.
The Response Insurance National Driving Habits Survey revealed that
Stalkers are much more likely to be women, who are more than twice as likely
as men to stalk people to get their parking spot.
On average, 12% of female drivers admit to trailing people in their cars,
but just 5% of men do so. Regionally, drivers in the south are most likely to
stalk for parking (12%) vs. the mid-west, which nationally ranked lowest (6%).
In addition, drivers in metropolitan areas are more prone to stalk (10%) vs.
those in non-metro areas (7%), and the survey also indicated that single
people were somewhat more likely to stalk for parking than those with children
(12% vs. 9%).
Response Insurance is a direct to the consumer auto insurer that regularly
provides to the public news and information regarding driver safety and
transportation issues. They issue safety tips, reports, analyses, and conduct
original research as a public service. The Response Insurance National Driving
Habits Survey of 1,001 adults was conducted 4/27-30/00. The survey has a
margin of error of + - 3%.
SOURCE Response Insurance