As the Christmas shopping frenzy moves up a notch so do car park collisions according to new data from SGIO Insurance*.
The insurer’s claims data showed that car park collisions in December spiked by 13 per cent above the annual average and Friday was the most common day for a car park collision. SGIO Insurance spokesperson Mariana Cidade said the lead up to Christmas sees many of us on the road and in shopping centre car parks at all hours of the day.
“The quick dash to the shopping centre to collect a last minute gift may cost you more than you think if you end up involved in a collision." Typical parking collisions involved reversing into other cars, runaway shopping trolleys and scrapes with pylons and poles.
“We also want to urge drivers to try and stay calm while at the wheel, stress can affect your concentration and losing focus for even one second, puts you at greater risk of having a collision."
“With Christmas around the corner, we’re calling for shoppers to allow for extra time and to drive carefully in the car park to help keep your Christmas cheer,” said Ms Cidade.
SGIO Insurance offers some tips for the pre-Christmas rush:
* Based on SGIO Comprehensive Car Insurance claims FY 12/13
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