Avoid a Parking Lot Collision
Crowded Shopping Can Lead to Dinged Vehicles
This time of year there are a lot of people shopping. Cramming in those last minute gift ideas leads to cramming into parking lots that aren’t quite capable of handling that many vehicles. So what do you do if you’re the victim, or the at-fault driver, of a parking lot collision?
Even better than worrying about what to do after an accident, let’s learn how to prevent one in the first place. As we strive to be the best collision repair company in Montana, we want to make sure that you’re an informed and aware driver.
What to Do if You’re in a Parking Lot Collision
This is about the last thing that will spread Christmas cheer, but if you’re in an accident, then you need to know exactly what to do so you can get the situation remedied as quickly as possible.
First: Ensure there are no injuries, but don’t admit any fault. Even if you’re at fault, use neutral terms as you document, swap insurance information, and determine if the vehicles are impaired.
Second: If possible, use your phone’s camera or voice recorder to get the other party to admit fault. Obviously if you’re at fault don’t trick or coerce them, but sometimes people will try to deny fault after-the-fact but in the heat of the moment they will admit it. Video and voice evidence go a long way to getting your vehicle fixed.
Third: Ensure you have the proper contact information. Police will rarely respond to a parking lot accident (it’s technically private party and outside of their coverage for traffic accidents). So take a lot of pictures at the scene.
Fourth: Bring dented vehicles to Big Sky Collision Center in Billings, Montana to get the best repairs done.
Best Practices to Avoid Collisions
Of course, it’s a whole lot easier to not get hit than to worry about all of that. Here are a few ways that you can make sure that the only thing you leave the shopping center with is bags full of gifts.
- Park as far from the door as possible. Most people search for the best spot so they don’t have to walk as far. But is an extra 50 or 100 feet that hard? It’s worthwhile to avoid an accident, and you get more exercise; win-win!
- Use a spotter if you’re in a blind spot. Most of the time you can see around the cars next to you… at least fairly well. But what if you’re in an itty-bitty Honda Civic and you have two monstrous F-350’s on either side? Have a partner hop out and ensure it’s good to back up.
- Go slower. It’s a parking lot, not a speedway.
- Use your horn. If someone is about to back into you, don’t be afraid to blast that horn. That’s why it’s equipped on your vehicle. Going around a blind corner? Give it a couple taps to ensure people know you’re heading out.
Technology to Prevent Collisions
If you’re in the market for a new car, then you’re in luck when it comes to safety! Most new vehicles have one of two technologies to ensure that you don’t get in a wreck.
Backup Cameras – Backup cameras are included in a whole lot of new vehicles. They’re simple, they show what’s immediately behind, and they work.
Backup Radar – Basically any new vehicle that doesn’t have a backup camera comes equipped with a backup radar. It can detect objects behind you and alert you to their presence, but it won’t show you what it is.
Bring Your Dings to Big Sky Collison Center
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is that you have a happy and a safe holiday season. Through this tumultuous time of shopping, and on into the slick roads of our Montana winters, be safe, drive safe, and enjoy your automobiles.