Around 1.7 million drivers have had a hit-and-run incident with a parked vehicle.
A survey for Wales-based Gocompare.com, revealed 15% of drivers (4 million) have collided with a parked vehicle. Of these motorists 57% stopped and left their contact details, while 43% (1.7million) broke the law by driving off without admitting to the prang.
Of those who drove away, just less than half did so without stopping to look at the damage, the others deemed the damage to be minor so left without leaving their details.
Younger drivers and men were the worst ‘dent-and-run’ culprits. 14% of drivers aged 25-34 confessed to driving off after hitting another vehicle, while more men (8%) than women (5%) had bumped a parked car and left without providing their details.
The survey found that following an accident, 53% of motorists felt stressed and 16% couldn’t think what to do.
Commenting on the research, Matt Oliver Gocompare.com’s car insurance spokesman said, “Accidents happen, especially in busy streets and car parks. But, if you damage someone else’s vehicle – whether it’s a small scratch or major dent – you should always stop and leave your details. While it may be tempting to just drive away, it’s illegal to do so, no matter how minor the damage.
“Even a car-park bump with a parked vehicle can leave you feeling shaken, panicky and unsure of what to do. So, we’ve produced an ‘Accident Record’ to help take some of the stress out of the situation. The guide, which can be printed-off and kept in your car, highlights the information drivers need to share and gather about an accident.”