It’s a scenario many can relate to in the lead-up to Christmas – navigating the carpark of the local shopping centre, looking for a space.
Then, right before you, like an oasis on a sandy desert, a space appears. Indicator on, you make your move, only to be intercepted by another carpark hunter going in for the kill.
Every trace of festive spirit gone, you face a decision – attack or retreat. RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the best solution was to avoid the situation altogether.
“If you’re someone who feels their blood pressure rising at the thought of Christmas crowds, make sure you’re thinking ahead and get your shopping done early,” she said.
“These days you have the option of avoiding the crush altogether by shopping online.”
RACQ members can take care of their Christmas shopping from the comfort of home, with a wide range of gift ideas available at racq.com.
For the sports fans in the family, RACQ has 15 percent off Black and Orange tickets to selected Brisbane Roar games at Suncorp Stadium and 25 percent off Maroon general admission tickets to the Brisbane Bullets round 16 match.
Movie tickets are always a great stocking filler, and this festive season RACQ is offering members up to 35 percent off Gold Class tickets to Event Cinemas. Theatre-goers can satisfy their cultural cravings with $20 tickets to any Queensland Theatre performance – but be quick, as there are only a limited number available for each show.
For a gift that keeps on giving, Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast is giving RACQ members the opportunity to buy any one-day ticket before December 31, 2016, and receive unlimited entry until March 31, 2017 – that’s more than three months of fun for the price of a day ticket.
RACQ members can also purchase a VIP Magic Pass, which provides unlimited entry to Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and Paradise Country until June 30, 2017, for just $92.
Treat the animal lovers in the family to a day out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for almost half the price, or SEA LIFE Mooloolaba for 20 percent discount on entry. Train lovers can indulge at the Workshops Rail Museum, which has Adults at Kids prices until January 25, 2017.
If you can’t avoid the shops this Christmas, Ms Ritchie advises motorists to obey the car park signage and exercise simple courtesy.
“While manners go a long way, so does common sense,” she said.
“This can help make busy shopping trips less stressful and safer for all involved.”
Not surprisingly, Brisbane tops the charts for the highest number of claims (543) resulting from carpark collisions, followed by the Gold Coast (245), Sunshine Coast (113), Cairns (76) and Townsville (67).
Why not avoid the Christmas chaos altogether and escape to one of RACQ’s accommodation partners? Enjoy a 20 percent discount on all bed and breakfast packages at Spicers Retreats, 10 percent off the best rate of the day at Mantra, BreakFree and Peppers Resorts and 25 percent off at RACV Royal Pines and Noosa resorts.