Drivers Urged To Take Extra Care When Christmas Shopping

  • Budget Direct found on average over the past five years accidents in December involving parked vehicles peaked on Christmas Eve – with 1 December the second highest day of the month.

The first of December is traditionally when the Christmas tree goes up – sending many people into a panic as they count down the shopping days left to go.

It's also the beginning of the battle for a car park as shopping centres fill to capacity. Low cost insurance provider Budget Direct is urging drivers to take extra care in car parks over the festive period.

“Budget Direct found on average over the past five years the biggest day for a parking bingle was Christmas Eve, with the first day of December not far behind,” says Kimberley Moody, Communications Manager, Budget Direct.

"We're asking drivers to be especially mindful of other vehicles when parking as the last thing anyone wants is a scratched or dented car for Christmas."


Budget Direct is also reminding customers of the importance of listing all potential drivers in the household on their policies.

"It's tempting when you're so busy to get someone else to do the shopping or other tasks for you – that's fine, just make sure their names are listed on your policy,” adds Ms Moody. "A little bit of forward planning can save hassles later on."

For further information or interviews please contact Jonathan Kerr, Director, Marketing & Digital, Budget Direct (Auto & General) at 07 3377 8801 or

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000.  It is part of the international BHL Group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The group provides more than 6.8 million policies to insurance customers and administers $2 billion in premiums annually. Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Health, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.