Drive Safe in the Parking Lot
Parking Lot Safety Begins with You
Driving within a parking lot should be simple enough because there are fewer moving cars and not as many traffic rules to worry about. Besides, cars go slowly once inside.
On the other hand, it might be this complacence that is making parking lots more dangerous than they should be. Add to that the fact that parking lots are one of the few places where pedestrians and drivers share the same section of the asphalt, and when either becomes careless, an accident becomes more likely.
Steps to Parking Lot Safety
To ensure that you don’t encounter unpleasant incidents in the parking lot, keep these tips in mind:
- Drive slowly. Parking lots have a speed limit of 10 mph (even if it’s not posted). And like everywhere else you’re driving, you should always stick to the speed limit. Drivers may have a tendency to become careless in parking lots. Especially when backing out of from one’s parking spot, it is not uncommon for some to assume that no other car is passing by. But if you’re driving at a slow speed, even if another car accidentally reverses into your car, the damage will not be as serious compared if you were driving faster. Plus, it’s also harder to see pedestrians in a parking lot especially in the dark. So it pays to drive slowly so you can check out your surroundings more thoroughly and avoid what needs to be avoided.
- When looking for the best spot to park, choose one where there’s less traffic, pedestrian-wise and vehicle-wise. It’s much easier to do your parking maneuvers when there are fewer hazards to avoid.
- Don’t park in a space unless you’re absolutely sure that there is enough room. And when you’ve decided on your spot, park your car as straight and as centered as possible so there’s more space for other drivers parking beside you, and you’ll have an easier time getting out as well.
- Try not to park beside cars that are parked at an angle. It could be an indication of a driver who isn’t too careful not just when parking, but also when driving. And when that driver starts backing off from such skewed angle, there’s a higher risk of scraping against your car.
- Don’t park at the end of an aisle because you are exposing yourself to the risk of being hit by turning vehicles and drivers who may miscalculate the safe turning distance needed. And try to avoid parking too close to the entrance because this is usually the most crowded part.
- As much as you can, try to avoid driving in reverse. Instead, it is much better to pull all the way through a parking spot so you won’t have to back out or deal with blind spots.
- When opening your door, be careful not to hit the door of the car beside you. Just like you don’t want others denting your car this way, you too should practice the same kind of caution that you would expect from others. Pay extra attention when it is windy out.
- Make sure you know the entrance and exit, and be mindful of directional arrows whether on the pavement or on the ceilings. This will help you stay on the correct lane and the right direction.
- Don’t park in restricted or reserved areas, as well in spaces with the wheelchair logo. Remember that these spots are for specific individuals, and you should respect that. Veteran and Parents with Small Children deserve a spot up close.
- Lastly, keep in mind that parking lots are typically private properties. Which means if an accident happens inside, the police won’t help in identifying who’s at fault. So for your own safety and protection, make sure you continue to drive carefully, just like you do when you’re on an open road. And in case anything untoward happens, be diligent about recording evidence so the one who is responsible will be held duly accountable.
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Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we see our fair share of vehicles coming in with damage from parking lots. Unfortunately, it is often them or their insurance that has to pay for the damages. If you’re looking for the best auto body shop in Billings, then you have come to the right place. Call us at 406-259-6328 for more details.