As many as 14% of drivers have paid up to £100 in parking fines in the last 12 months, according to a survey.
Around 11% of men admitted to regularly parking illegally, while nearly two in five drivers said parking regulations were confusing, the poll by car insurance company Sheilas' Wheels found.
Unclear regulations topped the list of excuses for trying to avoid a parking fine.
Other excuses included "I was only gone briefly" and "I had a personal emergency".
The poll of 1,006 adults showed 25% chose to completely ignore parking restrictions at weekends or bank holidays.
Jacky Brown, of Sheilas' Wheels, said: "Flouting parking regulations has become a game of cat and mouse between many motorists and parking wardens and often involves people who would never consider themselves as law-breakers.
"Parking regulations exist for a reason and it's shocking to see the lengths motorists go to in order to avoid being caught out."