Travelling in reverse gear causes £409 million each year in vehicle damage, according to a study by 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 total 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.