April 23, 2013
Suspicions Confirmed: Who Really Dinged Your Car
That new dent on the front fender? Uhh, must’ve been some idiot in the grocery store parking lot. Geez, drivers these days. More on the lies spouses tell one another about their vehicular incidents.
Everybody tells little white lies. Harmless victimless half-truths in order to save face. I’m not saying it’s right, just that it happens all the time.
New stats from a recent Insure.com survey prove the lies to be true.
One of the stories shared on Insure.com illustrates the lies, “Molly M. of Yuma, Ariz., says her husband might have tried to keep his scrape with the law a secret if it weren’t for two little mommy’s helpers — the couple’s daughters, then ages 5 and 7, in the back seat.”
“Her husband, who is chronically late, was trying to get the girls to school on time. ‘And so he was speeding, made an illegal left — and got a ticket for not having an insurance card with him — so three tickets in one stop.’”
“Upon seeing her daughters later that day, they blurted out, ‘Mommy, Mommy! Daddy got pulled over by a policeman!” The girls, who are now 6 and 8 years old, still talk like to about it. “Remember when Daddy got pulled over by that policeman and we were really late for school!?’”
According to the survey, a whopping 34 percent of married men are keeping a traffic violation from their wives. On the other hand, only 16 percent of married women say they have hidden a traffic ticket.
According to an LA Times interview, “Men have across-the-board higher percentages of keeping secrets,” said Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com. “Husbands suspect their wives of lying way more than they actually do,” she added.
Traffic tickets aren’t the only skeletons in the closet, though. The survey reveals spouses are lying about dents, dings, and accidents as well. What’s more, spouses are more suspicious of their counterparts, and it’s probably because of their own guilty conscience.
In another one of the first person accounts share on Insure.com a father dented the front fender of the family car, but he said nothing about it. After coming home and ignoring the damage, he waited for his wife to drive the car and then pretended to see the damaged fender for the first time, saying to his wife, “Joan, what did you hit?”
Of course, wifey was taken by surprise and she trusted her husband, “so they “determined” someone must have hit her in the grocery store parking lot, and they commiserated together about lousy drivers.”
According to the survey, a total of 34 percent of married people a door ding from their spouse. 42 percent are husbands are lying while only 27 percent of wives are.
The March 2013 survey was comprised of 1,000 married adults, half men and half women, in the US, and the results blow my mind.
24 percent of those surveyed have a secret car accident. “Husbands: 31 percent. Wives: 17 percent.”
19 percent have neglected to pay a car insurance bill and said nothing about it. “Husbands: 23 percent. Wives: 15 percent.”
15 percent have gotten behind the wheel without auto insurance and failed to tell their spouse. “Husbands: 21 percent. Wives: 9 percent.”
I’m not so shocked that it’s happening, rather that the men polled are giving the rest of us a bad name!
I’ve never lied or hidden a ticket or accident. For one, I’m not slick enough, and my wife is practically a private investigator. For two, I’m honest to a fault, and I’d probably end up telling on myself, be it an out of guilt or just an accident.
I’m making an appeal to all men who read this blog, be honest! Maybe in the surveys of coming years, we can tip the scales in our favor.
My appeal to the women is just the opposite, not that I’d like to see women lie more, but don’t try and call your husband’s bluff when you think he’s at fault.
“Maybe these things are better left unsaid,” Danise said.
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