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Not looking down on P-plate drivers, but these carparks are seriously a challenge to manoeuvre around and park even for seasoned drivers!
Category: Car Ownership Advice
Ever been to a carpark and realise that it's much harder to manoeuvre around than your typical HDB MSCP? New drivers should take extra precautions when entering one of these infamous carparks, from ridiculously narrow slopes to smaller parking lots surrounded by massive pillars.
Here are 9 carparks you should avoid if you have no confidence in manoeuvring tight and narrow spaces.
1. One Raffles Place Carpark
Located just above Raffles Place MRT, One Raffles Place used to be known as the Overseas Union Bank (OUB) Centre.
Infamous for its lack of sufficient lighting, this carpark is extremely difficult to manoeuvre around with its 90-degree turns at every ramp. P-plate drivers might find themselves kissing the front of a parked vehicle if they don't turn properly in time. Certain corners in each level might also have a bulky pillar jutting out, which would hinder the driver's ability to make a successful turn without scraping their vehicle.
Besides that, the tunnel slopes are narrow and tight, with little visibility of vehicles ahead. If you're not alert enough, you might find yourself bumping into a wall.
2. Holland Road Shopping Centre Carpark
Located just beside Holland Road MRT, this carpark is filled with many turns and short dead ends.
While the carpark is not the biggest, the misleading turn arrows often lead drivers to parking spots on dead ends instead of a different parking area. You might spend more time turning around in the facility and praying that you don't hit any of the parked cars than you would be driving around.
The icing on top might be that the carpark is not built in a circular area, so drivers would have to change direction at the end of the carpark to exit.
3. King's Arcade Carpark
If you ever find yourself looking for a place to park near Coronation Plaza, you might have come across King's Arcade before.
Located near Botanic Gardens MRT and Tan Kah Kee MRT, the basement carpark of this small complex is known for its low ceiling and tight spaces. Drivers who have never been to this facility might get confused when they find themselves facing a wall instead of an open area.
Even with empty lots, turning around in this carpark requires utmost precision (and lots of directional changes) to avoid any damage to your precious car in this tiny carpark.
4. NEX Shopping Centre Carpark
With a reputation of being one of the worst mall carparks to deal with, the carpark at NEX Shopping Centre is an absolute nightmare for all drivers.
For those familiar with the traditional MSCP layout, you might want to pay extra attention while steering around. The slopes for going up are located more towards the centre of the level than at the end. P-platers who are not paying attention might find themselves accidentally exiting the carpark, which is incredibly annoying.
Aside from being confusing, you can often find security guards standing on different floors acting like traffic police to prevent cars from getting stuck or lost (it is more common than you think).
5. Tampines Mart Carpark
For those who frequently travel in the east, this is one carpark that you might want to reconsider visiting.
The main reason as to why this carpark is quite challenging is that the corners of the ramps between each level are tight and narrow. Drivers going up and down will have to decrease their speed and turn carefully to avoid scratching their paint jobs.
Additionally, this indoor carpark only has one level of indoor lots followed by two levels of rooftop parking. With a hidden speed bump on the ramp going to the first level of the rooftop parking, it is challenging to find a lot away from the hot sun on a busy day.
6. Eastpoint Mall Carpark
Located in Simei, this carpark features a surprising chicane, defined as a sharp double bend that forms an obstacle on the first ramp after the entrance.
Those driving longer vehicles might want to slow down once you have conquered the initial ramp as the tight blind turns between each level might lead to accidents with cars from the opposite direction. The carpark will require drivers to perform an array of turns to navigate around on the upper floors.
Please note that the floor markings on the fifth floor are inconsistent and might lead you to drive into a wall instead.