What are your views on parking in crowded areas?


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 1 in 5 Northwest drivers surveyed say they’ve actually changed plans because it’s too expensive or difficult to find parking in crowded areas. Nearly three-quarters park farther away to pay less.

What about you: How much time and money would you spend to park near your destination?

Different people have different attitudes about how much to pay for parking. Some people like to park close to where they’re going and they’ll pay whatever it takes to park close (value of zero). Other people don’t like to pay for parking and they’ll park farther away in order to pay less for parking (value of 100). Where do you stand?

Total OR
6 6 Park close and pay whatever it takes (0-25)
22 20 Tend to park close and pay the price (26-50)
31 34 Tend to park farther away and pay less (51-75)
41 40 Park farther away and pay as little as possible (76-100)
67 68 Average Score (0-100)

Thinking about your willingness to park and pay to park, in the past year or so, which of these actions have you taken specifically to avoid parking?

Total OR
37 43 None – I’ve never done that
31 30 Walked or biked
27 25 Taken a bus, Light Rail or other public transportation
21 19 Not gone where I wanted to go
16 14 Hired a driver (taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc.)
2 2 Used a car sharing service to avoid parking fees
1 1 Used a car sharing service to park a smaller car
4 4 Other
1 1 Don’t know

Thinking about your willingness to park and pay to park, in the past year or so, which of these actions have you taken specifically to avoid parking?

Total OR
< 35 35 + < 35 35 +
22 43 27 50 None – I’ve never done that
45 26 43 25 Walked or biked
40 23 38 20 Taken a bus, Light Rail or other public transportation
23 20 22 17 Not gone where I wanted to go
27 12 22 11 Hired a driver (taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc.)
4 2 5 1 Used a car sharing service to avoid parking fees
3 1 4 0 Used a car sharing service to park a smaller car
2 5 1 5 Other
1 1 1 1 Don’t know

When you’re at home, do you usually park your vehicle in a garage, in a driveway or on the street?

Total OR
45 40 Garage
41 47 Driveway
9 9 Street
5 4 Other
0 0 Don’t know

Thinking about your willingness to park and pay to park, in the past year or so, which of these actions have you taken specifically to avoid parking?

Oregon
< 35 35 – 54 55 +
22 41 57 Garage
56 47 36 Driveway
18 6 5 Street
5 5 1 Other
0 1 0 Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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