Authored By: Alicia Lammers
The holidays and holiday shopping can be very stressful. Despite the slow traffic of parking lots, many accidents still occur. According to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association, 1 in 5 accidents take place in parking lots and during the holiday season that number increases to 2 in 5.
Here are some safety tips on how to stay safe in parking lots and hopefully avoid accidents!
- Be visible and watch out!
Make sure your lights are turned on and you are visible to other vehicles. Also, be aware of other vehicles around you as people will often cut diagonally to get across parking lots quicker.
- Follow Traffic Laws.
Always stop at stop signs and comply with the speed limit. Traffic laws differ in parking lots which leads to more reckless behavior and confusion.
- Be careful parking!
During the day, park further away from stores and other vehicles to reduce the chance of dings on your vehicle. Be careful backing out of parking spaces because putting your vehicle in reverse can create more blind spots.
Photo Credit: Дмитрий Мельников