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87% of drivers who cause damage don't leave details: report

A study has shown the majority of people don't leave a note when they damage another person's parked car.
A study has shown the majority of people don't leave a note when they damage another person's parked car.

SADLY, it has happened to most of us. 

You pull up at a shopping centre or store and do the right thing by locking your car and going about your day. 

Only when you return, your car has been damaged with anything from a scratch or a scrape to a full-on smash. 

To make you feel even worse, the person who did it didn't leave their details. 

Research released by Suncorp Insurance shows Queenslanders' current car park behavior may put many drivers on Santa's naughty list this Christmas. 

The survey of Queensland drivers revealed a raft of disturbing behavior including:

  • 61% of Queenslanders have had another driver steal their parking space while they were clearly waiting for it
  • 41% of Queenslanders have had their car damaged whilst parked in the past year
  • 87% of those drivers said the person who caused the damage didn't even leave a note
  • 18% of Queensland drivers would think twice about leaving their details if they damaged a vehicle in a car park and no one saw them.

What's your car park experience? Tick all that apply

This poll ended on 21 December 2013.

Someone hit my car while it was parked - but they left a note - 5%

Someone hit my car while it was parked - they did not leave a note - 43%

I have hit a parked car - I left a note - 12%

I have hit a parked car - I didn't leave a note - 6%

I have had my parks stolen by other drivers - 28%

I have stolen parks from other drivers - 2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Suncorp Insurance spokeswoman Melissa Cronin said the results from the research clearly showed Queensland drivers needed a lesson in car park manners; with courtesy, contrition and Christmas cheer alarmingly absent.

"For some reason, instead of bringing joy to the world and peace on earth, gentle Mums and placid pensioners are turning into hoons the moment they enter a car park and go mad vying for the parking space closest to the entry doors," she said.

"There is little doubt that in December shopping centre car parks become increasingly busy, and free car parking spaces become more and more elusive - however that shouldn't mean we let common courtesy fly out the passenger side window."

Mrs Cronin encourages all drivers to keep calm, stay safe and show some Christmas car park courtesy to their fellow drivers during the festive season.

"We'd like to encourage all Queensland drivers to be more respectful and courteous in the car park and on the road this year, so everyone can have a very merry Christmas.

"A little courtesy can go a long way, and you never know - it might even get you an extra present under the tree this year."

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