9,500 reasons to cool car park rage this Christmas

Club spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the final months of the year were the worst for crashes.

“We really see the silly season set in over late November and December, with more than 1,800 claims for carpark crashes last year,” Ms Ross said.

“Whether it’s shopping for Christmas presents or school holiday activities, tempers flare during this time.

“It’s really important Queenslanders take a few breaths before tackling the busy shopping centre carparks during this stressful time.”

Ms Ross said drivers could protect themselves by following a few simple rules.

“Try and shop at off-peak times, early in the morning or late at night, to reduce your chance of a bingle,” she said.

“If you can, park further away from entrances, trolley bays and busy parts of the carpark. Having to walk for an extra minute or two is worth it if it means avoiding a scrape!

“If you do get caught in a crash, remember to exchange all your details and go straight to your insurer for help.”