Most motorists would keep quiet about accidents, survey finds

A new survey from the Co-operative Motor Group has indicated that a majority of drivers would keep quiet if they collided with a friend or neighbour’s car by accident...


WEBWIRE – Friday, April 20, 2012

A new survey from the Co-operative Motor Group has indicated that a majority of drivers would keep quiet if they collided with a friend or neighbour’s car by accident, although there was some variation in honesty between motorists of different age groups.
 
Of 2,000 people surveyed, just 24 per cent said they would ensure they told a friend in the event of a prang with their vehicle, while 26 per cent felt they would inform a neighbour. However, only one in eight participants said they would tell a stranger that they had crashed into their motor. A third, meanwhile, said they would come clean with a boss or work colleague.
 
The poll also suggested that older drivers were more honest than their younger counterparts, with 72 per cent of those aged 55 and over saying that they would seek to track down owner of the car they had hit regardless of who they were – as opposed to just 40 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24.
 
“Any claim you make could mean your insurance goes up when you come to renew your policy,” said Co-operative Group head of motor insurance Grant Mitchell. “It can be tempting to ignore minor scrapes or faults with your car, but it’s always best to get these fixed to avoid problems further down the line.”
 
There were also some differences in straightforwardness between drivers in different parts of the UK. While just 10.82 per cent of motorists in north-west England would seek to dodge the blame for a minor collision, this figure rose to 22.09 per cent among those in London – the area with the highest proportion of dishonest drivers.
 
Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands, the south-east and Northern Ireland were also among the most honest regions, whilst their counterparts in the north-east, Scotland, Wales and the south-east were most keen to keep their heads down in the hope they’d get away with it.
 
ENDS
 
About:
The Co-operative Motor Group is part of The Co-operative Group, one of world’s largest mutually-owned businesses and among the top 35 motor groups in the UK.
 
The group sells a wide range of new and second-hand vehicles through its network of showrooms, including used Nissan models and new Land Rover cars. The company has a total of 23 car dealers showrooms located across the north-west, Yorkshire and the Midlands.
 
For further information contact:
Katy Robinson
Katharine.Robinson@co-operative.coop
Phone: 01274 377300
Fax: 01274 377330
http://www.co-operativemotorgroup.co.uk



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