The typical width of cars in the UK has expanded nearly 2 centimetres during the past 4 years, according to figures published by DrivenData.
The ever growing girth of the contemporary British car now holds at an average of 1,798.2mm, up from 1,780.9mm in 2006.
The statistics represent a pattern which has carried on at quite a pace in the past few years. The VW Polo for example has expanded 32mm since 2006 while the Ford Ka is 19mm wider. The new Vauxhall Astra is 61mm wider than the 2006 model.
Wider vehicles, which are developed to accommodate additional safety features and improve levels of comfort, have lately been held responsible for an rise in scrapes and minor accidents, particularly on minor countryside roads as well as in narrow urban areas.
Main roads have already been widened to combat the issue. Regulations on lane sizes were altered in 2005 meaning major A roads and motorways are now 3.65 metres wide. However smaller rural and urban roads are merely 2.43 metres wide typically, making it virtualy impossible for two wide vehicles to pass each other in such areas.
The minimum dimension required of car parking spaces 1,800mm is also only just sufficient to allow for the width of the typical UK car.
DrivenData gathered the data using its new car database, which supplies extensive and precise data specifications for every current model of car presently on sale in the UK.
The car models currently boasting the widest girth are:
|1. Land Rover Range Rover|
|2. Land Rover Discovery 4|
|3. Cadillac Escalade|
|4. Land Rover Freelander 2|
|5. Audi Q7|