A hippo falling on a windscreen was one of the wackiest things to damage windscreens in 2016, according to a survey by Autoglass, hears The Whisperer.
Apparently, 2016 was a year full of the unexpected; from the lovers spat which resulted in a plant pot crashing through a windscreen, to the peculiar array of projectiles and damage-causing debris including bouncing onions, innocuous tiny sweets and a coconut.
The official top-10 list of the weirdest things Autoglass customers said were the cause of windscreen chips and cracks in 2016 is:
1. A hippo falling on the screen
2. An inquisitive safari park camel
3. A rogue cooking oil drum
4 A misguided attempt to hoover car park tickets off the screen
5. A toddler’s temper tantrum
6. A daredevil bee
7. A rare meteorite shower
8. A squirrel holding a hazel nut that landed nut first
9. Flying fish
10. A Heron-dous experience with a fast recovering heron with an odd flight path
More predictably, 2016’s data revealed that the most common cause of unexpected damage is stones and loose road surfaces (29%), followed by general mishaps (25%), ‘mysterious’ cracks appearing without warning often due to temperature changes (16%), animal-related damage (15%) and relatively rare occurrences of vandalism (5%).