Reversing into a repair bill

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Travelling in reverse gear causes £409m each year in vehicle damage, says Accident Exchange.

Almost 200,000 reversing accidents occur annually equivalent to more than 500 each day, with an average repair cost of £2,123, say the accident recovery specialists.

Congested car parks see most reverse-related damage.

In most incidents, the ‘at fault’ driver collided with a stationary vehicle – usually in a car park – or was reversing from a drive or narrow side road.

The Accident Exchange study suggests that reversing cars cause almost eight per cent of vehicle accidents in the UK, which results in nearly half a billion pounds of damage, excluding the wider costs associated with emergency services or lost labour hours.