NRMA Insurance Warn 'Tis the Season for the Car Park Ding'

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NRMA Insurance is urging NSW drivers to show some Christmas cheer, with car park bingles expected to spike in line with the festive season's shopping frenzy.

Retail car parks are exceptionally busy at this time of year, so we should all allow some extra time to find a park and get in and out of shopping centre car parks

Car Insurance provider NRMA Insurance is urging NSW drivers to show some Christmas cheer, with car park bingles expected to spike in line with the festive season's shopping frenzy.

NRMA Insurance claims research revealed an 18 per cent jump in parking prangs in NSW last December, compared to the annual average*.

The NRMA Insurance research also found in NSW:

  •     around one in six collisions is parking related
  •     Friday continues to be the most common day for a parking prang
  •     no-one owns up in nearly a third of car park bingles
  •     the majority of car park crashes happen in busy shopping centres and precincts.

NRMA Car Insurance spokesperson Emily Gatt encouraged drivers to have patience and to show some courtesy in shopping centre car parks, especially at this time of year.

"Retail car parks are exceptionally busy at this time of year, so we should all allow some extra time to find a park and get in and out of shopping centre car parks," she said.

"No-one wants a bingle adding extra angst as we head into Christmas."

Ms Gatt said typical parking collisions involved reversing into other cars, runaway shopping trolleys and scrapes with pylons and poles.

NRMA Insurance offers these tips for less stressful Christmas parking:

  •     Obey the parking rules and traffic directions and be alert for other drivers who don't;
  •     When reversing in or out of a car space, go slow and don't just rely on your mirrors – look over

your shoulder too;

  •     Reversing cameras and sensors can help, but drivers still need to be aware of what is around

them;

  •     Where possible, reverse into a car space, so it's easier to see in both directions when pulling out;
  •     Do your bit by returning shopping trolleys to their bay;
  •     Use indicators every time you make a turn;
  •     Don't pull out around cars that are waiting to drive into a parking space – be patient and give

them room to move;

  •     If you hit a parked car, do the right thing and leave a note with your details;
  •     If you witness a collision, pass on any information you have to the innocent party.

*Based on NRMA Insurance comprehensive motor claims 2008/09

About NRMA Insurance
NRMA Insurance is a provider of Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance and more in NSW, ACT and TAS.

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