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Londoners most likely to drive away after damaging parked cars

Most Londoners would drive off after scraping a parked car.
Most Londoners would drive off after scraping a parked car.

A survey has found a whopping 69 per cent of respondents who live in London admitted to ‘bump and drive’ incidents – the practice of hitting another car before driving off, without leaving any details admitting to the fact. That’s way above the national average of just over 25 per cent.

Reasons for the dishonest practice vary. Fourteen per cent said leaving details was too much hassle, twelve per cent felt a sense of panic, and twenty per cent of those that did bother to leave details admit it was because their misdemeanour was spotted by witnesses.

The survey seems to suggest men are less careful or less skilled than women, with 50 per cent of blokes confessing to bumping or scraping a car compared with just 36 per cent of women. It seems men were also more dishonest as a third were happy to leave after a bump versus 18 per cent of women. It’s worth noting, however, that the survey doesn’t reveal the proportion of men and women involved in the study.

Thankfully there are limits to a driver’s dishonesty. Although nearly a third would happily head home after doing minor damage to paintwork or the bumper of a car, 71 per cent admitted the guilt would be too much if structural damage or big dents were caused in the collision.

You might think being on the receiving end of such a practice, something that happens to 84 per cent of motorists, would make people less inclined to commit the same sin. But a third of people who have suffered such a fate would still do the same thing to others.

The top types of damage caused by these hit-‘n’-run moments include opening a door onto another vehicle and knocking a mirror while driving past.

Obviously not owning up to a mistake is rude and a tiny bit spineless, but apparently the reaction most of us take is apparently the natural one, as behavioural psychologist Donna Dawson explains:

“Many of us will have inadvertently damaged a parked car in our driving lifetime, and our first instinct – especially if we haven’t been caught – is to ‘flee’. This is basic human nature at play, and is an example of the ‘survival of the fittest’, as we think of ourselves first and the victim second, if at all. “

Source: The Standard
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