Would-be Christmas shoppers Starh Gage and Brayden Preston said they had to do the rounds of Gympie Central Shopping Centre’s underground car park before giving up and searching outside.
Would-be Christmas shoppers Starh Gage and Brayden Preston said they had to do the rounds of Gympie Central Shopping Centre’s underground car park before giving up and searching outside. Tanya Easterby

Christmas shoppers leave manners behind in car parks

BRING the spirit of the season to your driving manner when out for the mad Christmas shopping rush; that's the plea from Gympie police Acting Senior Sergeant Rod Venn.

Showing consideration for others on the road was one way to avoid parking lot run-ins, Acting Snr Sgt Venn said.

"It's an old tradition but we need to do the right thing by other people," he said.

"Even fatal road crashes come about through attitude."

Research released by Suncorp Insurance shows Queenslanders' car park behavior may put them all on Santa's naughty list.

The survey of Queensland drivers revealed a raft of disturbing behavior resulting in damaged cars and stolen car spaces.

Suncorp Insurance spokesperson Melissa Cronin said the results from the research clearly showed Queensland drivers needed a lesson in car park manners; with courtesy, contrition and Christmas cheer alarmingly absent.

"For some reason, instead of bringing joy to the world and peace on earth, gentle Mums and placid pensioners are turning into hoons the moment they enter a car park and go mad vying for the parking space closest to the entry doors," she said.

"There is little doubt that in December shopping centre car parks become increasingly busy, and free car parking spaces become more elusive - however that shouldn't mean we let common courtesy fly out the passenger side window."

"A little courtesy can go a long way, and you never know - it might even get you an extra present under the tree."

The stats

SICK of the Christmas parking frenzy?

You're not alone - below are parking statistics according to Suncorp Insurance after Queensland drivers were surveyed about their parking experiences. The results urged Suncorp to encourage Queensland shoppers to spread the Christmas cheer in the car park and be kinder to one another. The survey revealed:

  • 61% of Queenslanders have had another driver steal their parking space while they were clearly waiting for it.
  • 41% of Queenslanders have had their car damaged while it was parked in the past year.
  • 87% of those drivers said the person who caused the damage didn't even leave a note.
  • 18% of Queensland drivers would think twice about leaving their details if they damaged a vehicle in a car park and no one saw them.
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