But it was not just cars that suffered. 27% of accident prone drivers hit bollards such as those that mark parking bays. Others struck: garages (15%), gates (12%), walls (10%) and lampposts (5%).
Reasons motorists crashed while parkingPassenger distraction caused 20% of the parking collisions, the survey showed. Other factors included: pedestrians blocking the view or causing changes of direction (17%), pressure from other motorists (11%), being distracted by a mobile phone (7%), and a loud noise making drivers “jump” then misjudge the manoeuvre (3%).
But it was leaving without writing a note that earned disapproval from OSV Co-Director, Debbie Kirkley. She said: “It’s disappointing to see that so many motorists are prepared to leave the scene of an accident without taking responsibility or leaving contact details”.
She continued: “Admittedly, this research is based upon minor bumps and scratches, so it’s feasible to think that it’s not worth the effort when many of us have had to cover the costs of damage inflicted on our own cars by other people. However, common courtesy and simply saying sorry can go a very long way”, Ms Kirkley argued.
Drivers try to avoid parallel parkingIt seems motorists have an uneasy relationship with parking; particularly parallel. An OSV focus group said 15% of members try to avoid it entirely and 47% park further from a destination than necessary if there is an easier space. Furthermore, the average driver “often” needs up to 5 attempts to complete such a manoeuvre.
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