Car parks a battlefield during Christmas

ONE in three people who have a collision with aparked car do not leave their details, newdata released ahead of the Christmas shopping rush reveals.

Insurance company Youireleased the research on the eve of the Christmas shopping frenzy to warn drivers of the increaseddangerin shopping centre car parks during thefestive season.

“Unfortunately, many drivers returning to their cars often find it damaged and the offender has not left their contact details,” Youi CEO Frank Costigan said.

The research also revealed up to 14 per cent of all motor insurance claims occur when cars aresitting stationary.

The average cost of each claim from a parked car collision is over $2000.

Mr Costigan outlined the need to take extra care when navigating the congestedshopping centre spaces.

“Unfamiliar car parks can be difficult places to safely navigate and when combined with large numbers of stressed-out drivers looking for scarce available spaces it’s a perfect scenario for increased numbers of collisions,” Mr Costigan said.

“The intense competition for space often means drivers try to squeeze into tight spots. People trying to get out of their car also often knock their door into other vehicles, with many cars bearing the trademark nick on the side.”

The stress of shopping at Christmas isn’t just restricted to the car park, asthe Heraldrevealed on Tuesday with details of abuse aimed at customer service workers.

The ‘No One Deserves a Serve’ campaign aims toend abuse and violence towardsretail staff, particularly during the Christmas period.

Asurvey of 6000 workers was conducted by the SDA union which revealed over 85 per cent of respondents had been verbally abused in the past 12 months.

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