Putting a dent in Christmas
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.”