Parking lots contain a lot of potential safety hazards for both pedestrians and drivers. The National Safety Council (NHS) states that tens of thousands of crashes occur in parking lots and garages each year. This results in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. Parking lots are busy places. Drivers can be distracted by talking or texting on their phones. Pedestrians can also become distracted as they cross the lot. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself and others while looking for a parking spot.
Follow the Signs
Watch out for signs stating specific rules for driving or parking in the lot. For intersections without a stop sign, make sure to follow the right-of-way procedures. Stay within the lanes and avoid cutting across the parking lot. Only park in designated parking areas. Parking spots with a wheelchair logo, are for drivers with the handicap card or license plate. Also, be sure to watch the direction the arrows of the pavement are pointing towards.
Backing out of a parking lot requires your full attention. While backing out, do so slowly and proceed with caution. Small children tend to dart quickly around and behind vehicles. Use your rearview mirror or if equipped, your car’s backup camera system. The American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests that drivers reverse into parking spaces when possible. Also, finding a parking spot that allows you to drive forward instead of reversing can make exiting the lot easier.
You might be tempted to increase your speed while searching for the perfect parking spot. Take your time and follow the posted speed limit. There can be unseen hazards such as potholes, debris, or ice that can cause injury to both the pedestrian and the driver.
Parking garages also contain many potential safety hazards. Poorly lit parking garages can be a difficult environment for visibility, especially at night. To ensure safety, park your car near well-lit areas. Not only will it make it easier to spot passing pedestrians, but it can also serve as a deterrent for thieves. Parking garages contain blind spots and many drivers ignore traffic signs. While driving through the parking garage, be sure to follow the arrows and traffic signs.
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