Nearly a quarter of UK drivers who hit a parked car run off if the owner isn’t there, according to a new study.
A survey undertaken by 1st Central Car Insurance collated data from 2,000 motorists, and showed that 24 per cent of British drivers have admitted to these so-called “prang-and-run” incidents.
More worrying still is the fact that 42 per cent of those surveyed claim to have been the victim of collisions of this type. The survey also questions how many more have committed such an offence but decided not to own up to it.
On top of that, the results also showed that drivers are shockingly unlikely to even feel guilty, with 12 per cent of women saying they would feel guilt, compared to just seven per cent of men.
Most of these incidents happen in multi-storey car parks, while other hot spots for prang-and-run collisions include petrol stations and streets unfamiliar to drivers.
Low-speed collisions reportedly cost British motorists up to £440 million each year to fix, though some car owners may simply just choose not to repair cosmetic damage to paintwork or bumpers.
A quarter of victims said that they were less trusting of people as a result of prang-and-run incidents, while around five per cent said that they’ve switched to using public transport just to avoid such collisions.
Co-founder of 1st Central Insurance, Pete Creed, said: “Failing to leave your insurance details after hitting another vehicle is not something we recommend to our drivers. Britain’s motorists should ensure they are driving safely and responsibly at all times.”
London is the UK city with the most offenders, with over a third of London drivers surveyed admitting to bumping another vehicle and then driving away.
Leeds and Birmingham were close behind in second and third position respectively, though Manchester and Sheffield are both relatively safe, coming in at the bottom of the list.
However, with police introducing new measures to distribute instant £100 fines to careless drivers, motorists around the country might find themselves taking extra precautions to be mindful on the roads.
The latest in a string of moves by law enforcement across the country to reduce the amount of incidents on the road, officials claim that the fines will make it easier to deal with unpunished offences.