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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

When Did Parking Lots Become So Dangerous



The modern parking lot can be likened to a maze.   You'll find secret walk ways, multi directional traffic and free standing kiosks all attracting your attention.  Planted in your line-of-sight you’re surrounded by well landscaped shrubs to make navigating out of the maze even more of a challenge.    This is all very dramatic, but when you add in the risk of a fender bender and pedestrian traffic and you’ll understand why there is a need for a refresher on parking lot safety.

When we pull in a parking lot there is a pattern for parking.  Some are straight in, others have parking spaces that are on a diagonal and some allow vehicles to move in both directions.   No matter how it is set up it is important to pay attention and not be distracted while looking for a place to park.

Parking lot safety isn’t just about navigating in and out of the maze safely.    As a driver, you must be aware of your surroundings and ask yourself a few questions:
  • Are you pulling into a reserved spot and handicapped space?
  • Are you in a well lit area in the parking lot?
  • Are you parked next to a large vehicle?

With that in mind ask yourself are you prepared?
  • Is your car locked?  Are your windows rolled up?
  • Are all your valuables hidden such as the GPS,  cell phones, laptops, purses, packages, radar detectors and DVD players. 
  • Are you paying attention when walking, or are you talking on the cell phone / texting?  Being distracted can cause a problem.
  • Are there strangers hanging around?  Are they asking questions?

Upon returning to your vehicle take a few extra precautions to ensure your safety:

  • Remember where you parked the car.
  • Have your keys ready. 
  • Take a look around your car before getting in to make sure no one is lurking around, or hiding in the back seat.

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