One major car insurance comparison site has recently revealed new figures that indicate drivers who park their cars carelessly have led to an alarming £1.3 billion worth of damage.
The online car insurance site found that one out of every six motorists would not be bothered to leave the details of their motor car insurance provider in the event of pranging another car. Moreover, only 45 per cent of respondents would consider doing so if it looked like the damage done was significant, prompting the insurance website to announce a car parking etiquette campaign.
In an ironic twist of events, the nation’s lawyers and solicitors were fund to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to car park scrapes. More than one out of every four legal professionals made an admission of committing a prang and run, the research found, while those who work in property were also found to be well above the average, with one out of every three declining to leave any insurance details in their wake.
The most responsible classes of motorists include those who work in environmental services and in the education industry, with 8 per cent and 9 per cent of these individuals committing prang and runs respectively. Women are seen as being less likely to flee the scene as well, with only 15 per cent doing so, while men admitted to prang and runs one out of every five times, or 20 per cent of the time.
In order to encourage car park etiquette and more honesty, experts from the comparison site say, visitors are being offered free window stickers that request people to leave their details instead of bumping and running.