The pain associated with parking might surprise you when they are quantified. On average, Americans spend 17 hours in a given year looking for parking. The average cost on wasted time, fuel, and emission is equivalent to $345 per year. These figures jump to 85 hours and $1,880 per year for Los Angelenos; for New Yorkers, 107 hours and $2243 per year. The cost of parking as a proportion of the total cost of driving is approximately 30%.
Needless to say, the perception of parking does not always conjure up warm and positive reactions.