More than one in 10 drivers don't leave a note after hitting a car when parking

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It's one thing to return to your car to find a scratch or a dent, but it's another to return and realise there's no note from the person responsible, This is Money said recently.

New research by OSV, an independent vehicle supply firm, has revealed that more than one in 10 motorists (12%) had a minor bump when attempting to park last year.

While nearly a third (29%) of the 1,000 drivers surveyed had a rubbed another car at low speeds when parking, 12% drove off without leaving a note containing either their details or an apology.

The most common parking offence was clipping door mirrors when trying to fit through a tight gap, while nearly half of those questioned revealed their passenger had clipped another vehicle when opening a door.

Being distracted by a passenger was cited as the cause of distraction by one in five motorists.

However, drivers are not just bumping into other cars. Bollards were found to be hit the most often, with more than a quarter (27%) admitting to hitting one.

Other things motorists admitted to hitting were garage doors (15%), gates (12%), walls (10%) and lampposts (5%).

Speaking about the results, OSV joint company director, Debbie Kirkley, said: "It's disappointing to see that so many motorists are prepared to leave the scene of an accident without taking responsibility or leaving any contact details."

Have you ever returned to your car to find it's been hit?

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