Parking lots everywhere can be a great source of frustration and even “road rage.” Unfortunately for most of us, they can’t be avoided and we probably find ourselves and our vehicles parked in one several times a day. Most of us have also had our cars become victim to dings, dents, scratches and sometimes worse damage while other drivers are driving too fast, backing out of spots without looking and otherwise not using caution while in the parking lots. (And let’s face it, if we’re honest, many of us have probably also caused accidental damage to others vehicles as well.) And in even more severe and dangerous situations, 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. So slow it down, keep your eyes open, and remember, if an incident does occur and your vehicle is damaged, or you accidentally damage another vehicle, the team at RSS is always here and ready to help.