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How to avoid Christmas stress in shopping centre car parks

Training Wheels Driver Training instructor Candita Hamblin gives some tips on how to avoid stress in shopping centre car parks over the Christmas period

THE holiday season is a special time of year. It's spending time with loved ones, decorating everything, and the much-needed trip away that top the list of favourite things to do this time of year.

What isn't on the list is dreading the rush for parking spaces or dodging people weaving in and out of traffic in shopping centre car parks.

For most of us, it is one of the reasons we would rather stay at home and avoid all of the stress that goes with it and shop when all the crowds have gone.

I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of the rules of parking areas:

  • Keep to the left side of the road
  • Indicate your intentions.
  • Stay at the speed limit (and it usually is sign- posted at the entrance to the parking area)
  • Park only in designated parking spaces
  • Give way to all pedestrians, including at pedestrian crossings.

With a higher volume of traffic, there are bound to be incidents involving low-impact crashes, such as vehicles being reversed into or being driven in to.

It is important to know that if this does happen and you're the one who has caused it, you will be required to leave your details, such as your name and phone number.

Remember that a little bit of courtesy goes a long way, and treating people the way that you would like to be treated will make us all a lot less stressed this holiday season.

Topics:  car park, christmas, driving, editors picks, road rules, shopping



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