Can you fit your car in your garage? If not, youre not alone according to a new survey by RAC Home Insurance
. The poll found that almost half or Britain’s 10.6 million garages are no longer being used to house a car, with almost two in five (39 per cent) of drivers saying that their garages are so full of household goods that it wont hold their car.
Is this the end of the garage as we know it? Keep reading to find out more.
62 per cent of people no longer use their garage to house their car
The RAC Home Insurance study suggests that Britain has become a nation of hoarders with garages acting as storage space overspill from our homes. 62 per cent of those polled said that they no longer used their garage to keep their car with a majority preferring to use it to house gardening and DIY equipment.
9 per cent of those who do not keep their car in the garage said it had been converted into extra living accommodation, which the RAC estimates equates to 678,000 garages nationwide.
The research quizzed more than 1,000 motorists about their garage use and discovered of those that no longer use their garage to store their car more than three quarters (77 per cent) use it for general storage. Over a third (36 per cent) have turned it into a workshop for hobbies and DIY and almost one in 10 (8 per cent) use it as a gym.
The poll also revealed that of the 38 per cent surveyed who still use their garage for its intended purpose, one in five (19 per cent) say there is barely enough room to get their car in and they then have to squeeze out of the doors because of its small design.
RAC Home Insurance spokesman Simon Williams says: “Its frightening to think that nearly 5 million garages are not used for the purpose they were made. The findings of our research appear to indicate that there is an issue with the design of houses as people do not have enough space to keep all their possessions in the house itself and many garages are so small that anyone in the car has to perform a contortionist act to get out.”