RACV urges Christmas shoppers to keep their cool when parking at the shops, with car-park collisions spiking in the lead-up to Christmas.
RACV General Manager Motor Insurance, Mark Geraghty, says there were 27 per cent more car-park collision insurance claims in December than the monthly average in the 2015-16 financial year.
“Motorists manoeuvring into car-parking spaces must remember that they are driving in very confined and, at this time of year, usually very busy areas. The lead-up to Christmas can create stress and they should stay calm and be courteous to other drivers,” Mr Geraghty says.
“RACV insurance claims data shows that although total car-park collisions for the year dipped 2 per cent, there were almost 9,000 car-park collisions in Victoria last financial year at an average cost of $2645.
“Forty-four per cent of car-park collisions happened while reversing. The figures revealed that 22 per cent of car-park collisions involved stationary objects such as poles, pylons and shopping trolleys,” Mr Geraghty says.
Melbourne City local government area recorded the highest incidence of car-park collisions, with one incident per 260 residents.
“Whether you are at a metropolitan car park or at a regional centre, cars and car parks can be a costly combination and drivers must remain vigilant,” Mr Geraghty says.
“Drivers should always travel at a safe speed, turn headlights on in dark undercover car parks and be alert for pedestrians and other cars. Extra care should be taken to check mirrors and blind spots to reduce the chance of hitting pedestrians, other vehicles and obstacles.
“But remember that similar precautionary rules apply on the road as well.”
Mr Geraghty says that even in a seemingly minor incident uninsured motorists could face costly repairs to their vehicle and liability for any damage caused to other vehicles or property.
“It is prudent for motorists to take out comprehensive insurance cover,” Mr Geraghty says.