Parking Lots, the Holiday Season, and You
By: Good2GoPublished: November 29, 2017
It’s easy to assume that everyone has at least one pet peeve- whether it’s seeing someone chew with their mouth open, people who constantly interrupt a conversation, or dirty dishes in the sink….everyone’s got something that really just grinds their gears. One thing we can probably all agree on is how irritating it can be to drive through a crowded parking lot. Whether it’s the holiday season (which is right around the corner) or not, there’s something about parking lots that just makes otherwise good drivers lose their minds. To help keep your blood pressure down, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you navigate through a busy parking lot.
Don’t Choose the Closest Spot
Although it can be annoying, there are a few perks to walking from the back of the parking lot. It can help you avoid small dents caused by other careless drivers who might nick your car with a cart or even their own car. There’s also likely to be more space for you and your passengers to exit and enter your vehicle, which is helpful if you have pets or small children with you. Not to mention, you get a few extra steps in which can help you burn some calories!
This tip is relevant any time you are driving. Avoid distractions like texting or eating so you can give your full attention to your parking mission. Shoppers are notorious for walking out in front of cars, and pedestrians always have the right of way. Try to make eye contact with pedestrians, and never assume that they see you. When backing out of a space, move slowly and with caution, especially keeping an eye out for small children who may run behind your vehicle.
Shop with a Buddy
Not only are two pairs of eyes always better than one, but shopping with a friend or family member is usually a little more fun. Consider leaving small children at home and taking another adult who can help you navigate or carry bags out to the car. When someone is helping you, there’s a better chance they can take care of small details so you can focus on driving safely.
If you are involved in an accident in a parking lot…
So you’ve been rear-ended, or vice versa. Now what? First, contact the police. If for some reason that isn’t possible, make sure to gather as much information as possible from the other person, including their name, phone number, address, and insurance provider. Also, it might be a good idea to take photos of the scene to avoid fraudulent claims down the road.
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