When it comes to protecting yourself and others, learning a few basic tips about parking lot safety will be more helpful than you know. Although off the main roadway, parking lots should be treated as streets with intersections. There are still markings and signs you must obey. Follow along as we go through five basic ways to increase your safety in any parking lot.
Locate Well-Lit Areas
If you are looking for a parking spot midday or into the evening, try to utilize parking spots that are in crowded areas, very close to your destination and most importantly, in a well lit area. These areas can be beneficial for a number of reasons. In the event that you’re in danger, this location makes it more likely for witnesses to be present and security cameras to pick up clearer images.
Lock Your Doors & Hide Items
One of the most simple things you can do to keep criminals at bay is locking your doors. Even if you’ll only be gone for a minute. Valuables such as your phone, watch or credit card should never be stored in your car. If you’ve made a store purchase, tuck the items out of sight to deter criminals who may be peeking through the windows.
Phones are one of the most common distractions on the roadway, but did you know they’re also one of the common distractions in parking lots as well? From adjusting the volume to enabling Bluetooth GPS, there’s lots of room for distraction and error. When driving in a parking lot, remain very aware of your surroundings and avoid using your phone unless your car is fully parked.
Make Use of Technology
Technology has brought us many wonderful benefits over the years, some of which can be found right in your car! Whether your car can park itself or simply offer you the guidance of a backup camera, be sure to utilize these options whenever possible. Remaining cautious with your eyes is great, but being able to see blind spots with more clarity is even better. Make use of this technology to keep everyone safer!
Keeping a vigilant eye out for nearby people and vehicles is certainly no exception. Remember to always drive slowly and obey all signals. It’s also very important to anticipate the movements of other drivers and pedestrians around you, as there will usually be much more unexpected movement than in a roadway. You are responsible for taking all appropriate precautions.
About Travis Etheridge
Travis, the co-owner of The Insurance Alliance, joined the insurance industry in 2011. He is married to his lovely wife Anica, and has an amazing son Henry. Travis is passionate about helping people, so the insurance industry is a natural fit. The thing he loves most about the industry is being there for his clients at their most trying times. He believes everyone is an individual and they deserve an individual plan best suited for their situation.