Queenslanders urged to rein in car park crazy this Xmas

As summer heated up, new RACQ research revealed Queenslanders would flock to overcrowded shopping centre car parks over the festive season, risking a bingle in the process.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said an insurance survey found almost 70 percent of shoppers preferred to find a car park inside shopping centres, rather than parking somewhere less congested and walking, or catching public transport. 

“With lots of stress and events over the Christmas period, car park rage is real, so we’re warning shoppers to rein it in and think about ways they can avoid putting themselves, and their car, in the front line,” Ms Ross said. 

“We know how busy shopping centres get, particularly in December and January, but surprisingly only 25 percent of shoppers choose to avoid shopping centres during this time, which leaves a large number battling the crowds.

“December and November are peak months for vehicle damage claims, with claims from shopping centre incidents totalling more than $21.5 million since the start of this year.”

Ms Ross said shoppers could do a few simple things to reduce the risk of a Christmas crash: 

1. Allow extra time to find a car park, don’t leave your shopping until the last minute
2. Follow car park speed limits and move slowly. The more time you allow to scan for someone leaving the greater the chance of finding a car park
3. Catch public transport to the shopping centre. You won’t have to worry about finding a park or getting stuck in a traffic jam when trying to leave
4. Take a photo of your parked vehicle before leaving. This will be a record of who parked beside you and help you find your park again
5. Park away from entry/exits where pedestrians, vehicles and shopping trolleys cause congestion and distractions.