Putting a dent in Christ­mas

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH -

CHRIST­MAS shop­ping can put more than a dent in your bud­get — it can also put a dent in your car.

New NRMA in­sur­ance fig­ures show a spike in col­li­sions hap­pen­ing in carparks, par­tic­u­larly in De­cem­ber, with hot spots in Syd­ney, Chatswood, Par­ra­matta, Hurstville and Hornsby.

The data, based on in­sur­ance claims, show al­most 10 per cent of car col­li­sions oc­cur in the car park, with De­cem­ber the peak month for bin­gles.

Re­vers­ing was found to be the riski­est car park ma­noeu­vre, with 44 per cent of car park col­li­sions oc­cur­ring while one or both par­ties are in re­verse. Other com­mon park­ing col­li­sions in­volved ru­n­away shop­ping trol­leys and bump­ing into poles.

Annabelle Vo from NRMA In­sur­ance said drivers needed to heed the new Christ­mas cam­paign: “Don’t Drive Naughty, Drive Nice”.

“We’re re­mind­ing drivers to al­low for ex­tra time and to take it easy while at the wheel when nav­i­gat­ing car parks. Stress can af­fect your con­cen­tra­tion and los­ing fo­cus for as lit­tle as one se­cond puts you at greater risk of hav­ing a col­li­sion,” Ms Vo said. “It’s more im­por­tant than ever for drivers to re­main calm at the wheel.”

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