How much time do DC drivers waste looking for parking?

WASHINGTON — Finding parking is one of life’s little annoyances. While many drivers build time into their commute to find a spot in D.C., a new study is revealing just how much of it they spend circling the neighborhood.

It takes drivers in the nation’s capital about 65 hours a year, or more than two days, hunting for a spot in D.C.

It’s the latest from a study released by transportation analytics company INRIX Research, which polled 18,000 drivers internationally and 6,000 in the United States’ 10 largest cities.

D.C. Parking Pains

All that circling is costing each driver in the District more than $1,300 a year in gas and maintenance costs, the study said.

It’s not only costing drivers time but money too. The study found drivers in D.C. overestimate the time they’ll need at a meter by about an hour on average, leaving $350 a year on the clock.

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