Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday Tip - Parking Lot Survival

With the holidays approaching, the malls, local shops and stores will be more crowded with not only patrons, but the cars that take them there. Parking lot madness can strike anywhere, so don't fall victim to its clutches. Private property accidents contribute to a good number of our overall crash stats for any given year. Most are avoidable to say the least. Here are some ideas to help avoid collisions and other vehicle related incidents on private property:
  • Slow down, don't be in such a rush. The sale will still be going on in five or ten minutes.
  • Obey the stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs. They are there for a reason.
  • Drive in marked isles. Avoid driving across the parking lot and watch out for those that are using parking stalls as a short cut.
  • Park a little further away. It is probably quicker than driving up and down looking for that perfect spot.
  • Look all around before backing out and back SLOWLY out of your stall.
  • Watch for pedestrians and watch out for yourself when walking in the lot.
  • Avoid the urge to "beat" the other driver to that one last spot.
  • Practice common sense and courtesy. Everyone can be on edge in a crowded parking lot. Give each other a break.
  • Leave valuables at home or at least out of sight in your car.
  • Park only in marked stalls.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Park in well lighted areas. Alert store security to suspicious persons or vehicles.

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