Drivers across the country flock in flock after restaurant chains reopen after weeks of closure.
McDonald’s has now reopened more than 1,000 affiliates for drive-thru, while KFC, Burger King, Costa and Starbucks, among others, are also opening their lanes.
But a new study found that drivers are often afraid to drive on because of the damage they can do to their car.
A survey commissioned by a car lease company, All car leasing, one in three British found their car bumped while driving a fast-food drive-in.
20% of British drivers admit they are afraid of tackling a drive thru because of the risk of misjudging the space, making tight turns and dropping their order in the gap between the car window and the service hatch.
20% claim they hit a bollard at a McDonald’s drive-in. This is followed closely by KFC (10%), Subway (7%), Starbucks (6%) and Costa (5%) – Greggs also appear in the results with (4%).
Research also found that 30% of Britons would rather blame a garden gnome for admitting they damaged their car on a traffic bollard. 20% of people admit that they have parking sensors on their car, but choose to ignore them, while more than half of the drivers have no sensors, but rely only on spatial awareness.
The same survey found that one in four British people are afraid of using a multi-storey car park, with 55% admitting they crashed their car into one.
Charlotte Markham, owner of Leap Driving School, said, “It can be quite difficult to master a corner in a parking lot or drive-in. I think it’s a good thing to drive students to enter.
Learning to move slowly, taking into account their order or looking for change [money] is a new skill that you have to master in your own car. “
Ronnie Lawson-Jones, Digital Marketing Manager: “It’s crazy to see how many people are willing to queue to get their McDonalds solution, as the news shows that all drive thrus are opening again in the UK.
“We are not surprised that so many people have admitted that they drove their car into a McDonald’s parking lot, is it worth that Big Mac meal deal?
“We can only support driving instructors who offer these driving scenarios as compulsory education, even though this is not currently a requirement for the driving test. It can only give people more confidence in driving and hopefully avoid these hidden costs that come with an “accidental” scraped bumper. “