Hastings Direct news: driving behaviours

The main theme of this week's news is drivers and their behaviours. Surveys reveal how motorists behave after nudging a car when parking and how comfortable people feel using their mobile while driving. In other news, concerns have been raised over whether your tumble dryer could be invalidating your home insurance.

Nearly a third of drivers have hit a car while parking

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New research by OSV has revealed nearly a third (29%) of respondents admitted to rubbing another car at low speeds while parking.

Worryingly, more than one in 10 (12%) of the 1,000 motorists questioned said they had then driven off without leaving a note containing either their details or an apology.

A similar amount (12%) of drivers admitted they had had a minor bump when trying to park last year.

However, it's not just other cars that motorists are bumping into when parking. The object drivers hit the most often is bollards, with more than a quarter (27%) admitting to hitting one.

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

Survey reveals motorists feel in control using their mobile while driving

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A new Motoring.co.uk survey, which questioned nearly 1,200 motorists, found more than half (57%) of respondents said they feel as "in control as normal" when using their mobile phone while driving.

What's more, over two fifths (43%) of drivers would not hesitate to use their phone when behind the wheel, and nearly three quarters (72%) use their phone while stopped in traffic or at lights.

The survey also revealed that almost six in 10 motorists (59%) admitted to using their phones during normal driving, while nearly a quarter (24%) said they used their phones while travelling at high speeds on the motorway.

When it comes to what they're using their phone for, checking SMS was the most common reason (24%), followed by checking emails or notifications (16%) and answering calls (15%).

Could your faulty tumble dryer invalidate your home insurance?

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With Whirlpool in the process of repairing or replacing 4.3 million potentially faulty machines, four million households in the UK could be invalidating their home insurance if they do not follow strict guidelines when using their tumble dryer, reports say.

Whirlpool has advised customers to use affected tumble dryers as normal as long as they are not left unattended when in use and that the filter is checked and cleaned after every cycle.

Yet there are warnings using affected tumble dryers could pose a fire risk as fire brigades reveal dozens of recent household fires have been linked to tumble dryers.

There is now concern among customers that their home insurance policies could be invalid if they use faulty machines.

However, Malcom Tarling from the Association of British Insurers said the trade association did not know of any rejected claims and urged customers to check their home insurance policy with their insurer or broker.

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