Plaza out to put brakes on Christmas car-park rage

THREE children screamin'. Two horns a' honkin'. And a shopping centre car park nightmare.

The festive season is creeping closer and so is car park rage.

Christmas cheer goes out the window when it comes to nabbing an elusive vacant shopping centre car park.

But help is on the way.

Sunshine Plaza's Christmas Courtesy Crew will be back this year from December 15 to help the one million shoppers expected to make the dash to the centre.

Centre manager Michael Manwaring said the courtesy crew would help shoppers with parking, getting parcels to the car and providing directions to specific stores.

"Basically anything they can do to help make our customers' shopping experience as easy and enjoyable as possible during the busy festive season," Mr Manwaring said.

Each Christmas, Sunshine Plaza implements a car parking management program which includes dedicated staff parking at an off-site secured space opposite the Plaza at Maroochydore Rd.

But not everyone shows driver etiquette in the car park jungle.

Often offenders do not leave their contact details.

RACQ insurance communications executive manager Mike Sopinski said the research also showed females were more likely to leave their contact details if they damaged a vehicle and no one saw them.

>> Car park etiquette

  • Park straight in the space. Leave room each side so you can open doors without hitting the cars beside you.
  • Don't straddle a line and take up two parking spaces. This is not only rude; it also makes it impossible for others to park.
  • Take your turn when waiting for a parking spot. When you see someone leaving, get as close as you can and turn on your indicator.
  • The closest car waiting for a park with an indicator on, takes priority.
  • If you have a small compact car do not pull into the space all the way to avoid false impressions there is a space vacant.

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