For both cars and pedestrians, parking lots can be dangerous. Whether you’re zooming through a parking garage or making your way through a crowded lot for a grocery trip, be sure to follow our tips to make it home safely!
Pay Attention/Stay Alert
As you can imagine, some of the most popular distractions in a parking lot involve your phone. From programming your GPS to switching the radio station… it’s common for distractions to occur. Keep in mind, most states prohibit the use of phones while driving for good reason. Always pay close attention to your surroundings when operating a vehicle in a parking lot.
These days it’s becoming more and more common to find handy gadgets in your vehicle such as backup cameras. These are fantastic options to utilize for safety. Did you know most parking lot collisions occur while your car is in reverse? Using your backup camera will help you to see people and objects in your blind spot more efficiently. Use the technology your vehicle allows to back up more car with more confidence.
Keep Doors Locked
Keeping your doors locked is a very easy way to help deter criminals. They may simply be on the lookout for an unlocked door, which makes things all too easy. Hiding your store purchases out of plain view will also help deter criminal activity. Never leave your purse, credit cards, or other valuable items in your car.
Park in a Well Lit Space
Try to look for a parking space that’s close to your destination, especially if you’re planning to leave your vehicle there once it’s dark. Well-lit areas ensure security cameras can get a better view, should you end up in danger. Prowlers can tend to lurk in dark areas where they’re shielded from view. Parking close by to crowded areas in spots with ample light will help to keep you safe.
Driving with caution is most important in parking lots. You’ll always want to travel at a slow rate of speed, obeying signs and anticipating the movement of other drivers and pedestrians. In crowded areas, be sure to constantly scan the location of nearby people and vehicles. It’s your responsibility to stay in the lanes, follow arrows, and take all of the necessary precautions.
About Ryan Ruffcorn
Ryan grew up in Keokuk, graduated from Keokuk Senior High, and started his agency in Keokuk from scratch in 2003 after having worked for one of the largest international accounting firms, KPMG, LLP.
Ryan is hardworking; his loyal and trustworthy character is exemplified by the way he does business. He thoroughly enjoys helping clients through the insurance buying process to secure coverage for their most valuable assets.