Drivers don't own up to damages
NINE out of 10 drivers don't leave a note if they damage someone else's car, a small survey by NRMA Insurance has found.
The survey of 450 NSW motorists found that, in Sydney, 66 per cent of motorists have had their car damaged while it was parked, with inner city, inner west and eastern suburbs parking spots the hot spots for at-fault drivers leaving no note to explain the damage.
Statewide the number of people whose cars had been damaged was slightly higher, at 70 per cent.
The main problem, according to the report, is the increase in "touch parking", where drivers use their car's bumpers to slot into spots that might be too tight.
"Sometimes people may not realise they've hit another vehicle or maybe they think it's such a gentle hit they haven't done any damage," NRMA Insurance spokesman Andrew Tubb said.
"Although a lot of drivers do not own up to hitting a parked car, there are a lot of witnesses to touch parking - two in three people have seen a car connect with another car while trying to park in a tight spot."
Tubb said the increasing population density of Sydney was likely to lead to even more incidents of touch parking.
But he said there was a simple rule of thumb he encouraged motorists to follow.
"No matter what the reason, if drivers do accidentally hit a car while parking, we're encouraging them to do the right thing and leave a note. You never know when you might be on the receiving end and find your car damaged," Tubb said.
The survey looked at NRMA Insurance motor claims data from 2008 to 2011.
- If you hit a parked car, be sure to leave a note with your details, including your name and phone number.
- If you see a car hit another car, try to take down the details of the offending vehicle and pass it on to the innocent party.
- Do not force your car into a spot that is too small for it. If you end up a few hundred metres further away, consider it "incidental exercise".
- If you are not confident parking and you have a passenger, ask them to jump out and guide you in.