With the Christmas cheer almost here, SGIC is calling for SA drivers to take it easy when hitting the shops, with car park collisions expected to spike in December.
SGIC claims data has revealed that in SA last year, car park collisions in December spiked by 26 per cent above the annual average*.
The insurer’s claims data also showed that last year:
SGIC spokesperson Emily Gatt said SA drivers may be getting caught up in the Christmas shopping frenzy and having an unnecessary collision.
“We understand that Christmas and the holiday period is already a busy time so we want SA drivers to try and avoid adding extra stress to their lives. We recommend drivers obey the parking rules, take it easy when circling the car park for a space and be alert for other drivers.
“Typical parking collisions involved reversing into other cars, runaway shopping trolleys and scrapes with pylons and poles,” said Ms Gatt.
Ms Gatt added that with Christmas around the corner where car parks will be buzzing, we’re asking people to be considerate of others and return trolleys to the designated area and be alert while driving.
SGIC offers some tips for a less stressful Christmas parking experience:
* Based on SGIC Car Insurance claims FY 09/10.