One in three drivers say they would drive off rather than admit bumping into another car in a car park, according to new research.
A poll of motorists found that 32 per cent would rather flee the scene than own up to damaging someone else’s car.
Londonders turned out to be the most dishonest, with nearly half of those questioned (43 per cent) saying they would ‘smash and dash’.
Just behind them in the list of shame was Oxford, where 40 per cent of drivers wouldn’t do the right thing, and Liverpool where a solid 33 per cent would hit and run.
Cities where drivers are least likely to admit damage
- London (43%)
- Oxford (40%)
- Liverpool (33%)
- Glasgow (33%)
- Norwich (32%)
The study, by Euro Car Parts, found that women were far more honest than men, with almost three quarters (72 per cent) of female drivers saying they would let the other car’s owner know about any damage compared to 64 per cent of male motorists
The study also looked at what drivers consider the biggest problems when parking in cities.
Tight parking bays and expensive charges as the biggest grievances around parking, with half of motorists (50 per cent) naming them as their top pet peeves.
The ever rising charges for parking may explain the recent boom in motorists paying to use other people’s driveways, which has seen householders earn thousands of pounds a year.
Inconsiderate drivers were another source of frustration for motorists, with nearly half saying cars that take up multiple spaces are one of their main frustrations.
Chris Barella, digital services director at Euro Car Parts, added: “Parking can often be a challenge for motorists, especially in cramped and busy urban environments like large cities.
“But whilst we can’t control how narrow a parking space is or how badly other people park, we can make sure that our own cars are properly equipped to be able to park in inconvenient locations. By fitting cars with parking aids like sensors and reversing cameras, drivers can ensure that they’re fully prepared for the stresses of urban parking.”
Euro Car Parts’ tips for surviving city parking
Use park and ride – parking on the city’s edge and using public transport is usually cheaper and easier than fighting your way round expensive city centre car parks
Do your research – Plan ahead so you know where the best and most affordable spaces so you don’t waste time driving round looking for a space
Avoid the most popular areas – Parking a little out from the main shops and attractions means you’re more likely to get a space and it will probably cost less as well
Use technology – built-in or aftermarket aids such as parking sensors or cameras can help cut the stress of fitting into small spaces. And sat navs can usually highlight nearby parking locations
Pay attention – Accidentally breaking the rules where you park can land you with a hefty parking charge so pay close attention to the markings, signage and any restrictions to stay within the regulations.