If you’ve ever been to the Galleria on a Saturday afternoon, you understand how frustrating (and dangerous) an innocuous parking lot can be – distracted drivers going too fast, lack of traffic signals, and crowds of pedestrians are just a few hazards to notice on a trip to the mall.
That behavior just so happens to be the cause of many a door ding and irritated driver. 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 – or even a fatality – 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 enjoy the stroll into the store – 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, that a cart will come rolling toward you, that someone backing out of his/her 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, we are ready to help at O’Connor Insurance Agency, (314) 434-0038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.