Analysis of its 1998 accident management statistics showed that 46% of claims were for incidents such as hitting immobile objects, animals and debris, losing control, and reversing into a third party. It all added up to a total repair bill of over £3.8million for 6,452 customer cars involved in 'avoidable' incidents — the most common of which was hitting an immobile object such as a lamp-post, tree or wall.
During the year, Lease Plan handled 7,610 repairs for cars involved in 'unavoidable' accidents at a total cost of over £3.2million. The most common 'unavoidable' accident was being hit while parked.
Graham Rixon, Lease Plan's operations' director, said: 'A significant number of accidents could be avoided by more careful driving.'