How many parking lots are you in each day? Between school, work, sporting events and running errands, parking lots offer a convenience and frustrations (the guy driving too fast, backing up without looking, being on their cell phones, we could go on … )
That bad parking lot behavior just so happens to be the cause of many a door ding and irritated drivers. Even worse, careless behavior can cause a collision or injury. So, let’s all slow down and follow these five tips to make parking lots safer for everyone:
- Don’t Speed
Speeding decreases the amount of time you have to react when a child runs out in front of you, another driver stops suddenly or a car begins backing out unexpectedly. Is a collision really worth the price of getting to your destination just a bit sooner?
- Use Your Eyes – and Mirrors and Cameras
Keep a lookout for perils at all times, even if the lot seems empty. When you’re pulling into a spot, watch for doors being opened. When backing out, look all around, in your mirrors and in your rear-view camera and proceed slowly.
- Give Yourself – and Others – Some Space
Parking in between the lines and in a spot sized for your vehicle may help to minimize dings and scratches. Better yet, park in a less-crowded area and get a few extra steps in for the day – just don’t park where you feel unsafe. And, always park away from stray carts.
- Expect the Unexpected
Assume things will happen. That someone will dart out in front of you, a cart will come rolling toward you, that someone backing out of their spot won’t see you backing out of yours. When you’re on guard, you’re better prepared for those who aren’t.
- Be Respectful
A little kindness goes a long way in a parking lot or parking garage. So stop for pedestrians, don’t cause traffic jams waiting for a spot and, above all, don’t lose your cool.
Remember, when you’re watching for dangers, you have a better chance of avoiding them. If an incident does occur, give us a call and we can help out with the insurance piece.