Mayo's road safety officer claims the run-up to Christmas brings on car parking rage.

With the Christmas shopping season underway, road safety officer for Mayo County Council  Noel Gibbons claims car parking spaces are in hot demand at this time of year, but he's advising motorists not to lose their cool during what can be a stressful time.

This weekend, around 8th December, is traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping season, and across the county, retailers will be hoping that consumers shop local to support jobs and industry in their local towns.

Mayo's road safety officer says, with towns and car parks getting busier, parking rage is common, but he says motorists should exercise courtesy to other drivers to help make it a happy Christmas for all.

He's urging shoppers to obey car parking signage, and any requests from management, to ensure smooth traffic flow.

The road safety officer says most anger is caused by another car blocking in your car, a badly-parked car taking up more than one space, or someone parking across your driveway.

His advice on car-park etiquette is to take up just one parking space, ensuring you can open doors without hitting the cars beside you, take your turn when waiting for a parking spot and remember the closest car waiting for a space with an indicator on gets priority.

He's also advising people to get their shopping done early to avoid the last-minute rush.

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