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July 16, 2009

The ‘hit-and-run’ car-park drivers

by David Masters

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The ‘hit-and-run’ car-park drivers

One in nine motorists would flee the scene if they bumped a parked car, research from AA Insurance has discovered.

Of 8,800 drivers polled by the AA, 1,000 said they’d drive away rather than owning up if they accidentally damaged a parked car.

Applied across the UK, that’s nearly 4 million motorists.

The AA also found that four in five drivers have had their car damaged in a car park.

The rising number of insurance claims for parked car damage reflect a growing problem, the AA said.

During the first six months of 2009, claims increased 10% on year to 3.24 million.

The AA, however, believes claim numbers do not represent the full extent of the damage caused in car parks.

“Because it would affect their no claim bonus, many people wouldn’t bother to claim for a small dink unless it was caused by someone else and they could claim against them,” said Simon Douglas, AA Insurance director.

“But often they can’t even do that because whoever caused the damage ‘did a runner’.”

Recent research by Aviva found that many Brits experience a change of personality behind the wheel, making them more aggressive drivers.

 

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