There’s a whole lot more going on in parking lots than just parking. Door dings, runaway carts, oblivious pedestrians and impatient drivers make parking lots in Redding (or anywhere) a stressful place. Between 15-20% of accidents happen in parking lots with most of them being fender benders. The agents at CIG Shasta County Insurance Center want to make sure you don’t become a statistic. Here are five tips to make parking lots more user-friendly:
Speeding decreases the amount of time you have to react. We’ve all seen children running loose in parking lots, stray carts not quite inside the corral or a driver backing out of a space who is not paying attention. Is a collision really worth the price of “getting there” a few seconds sooner?
Use Your Eyes – and Mirrors
Keep a lookout for perils at all times, even if the lot seems empty. When you’re pulling into a spot, watch for doors being opened. Look beyond the space next to you. That runaway cart or speeding driver can pose a danger. When backing out, look all around, in your mirrors and proceed slowly.
Give Yourself – and Others – Some Space
Parking in between the lines and in a spot sized for your vehicle may help to minimize dings and scratches. Better yet, park in a less-crowded area and get some exercise! Just don’t park in an area where you feel unsafe. Always park away from stray carts. Try shopping when it’s less crowded – early morning, or after dinner.
Expect the Unexpected
Assume things will happen. Someone will dart out in front of you. A cart will come zooming toward you. Someone backing out of his/her spot won’t see (or won’t look at) you backing out of your spot. When you’re on guard, you’re better prepared for those who aren’t.
A little kindness goes a long way in a parking lot. Stop for pedestrians, don’t cause traffic jams waiting for a spot and don’t lose your cool. When you’re watching for dangers, you have a better chance of avoiding them.
Accidents still happen sometimes. That’s why it’s important to have collision insurance, which covers damage to your car. Be careful out there, but if an incident does occur, your agents at the CIG Shasta County Insurance Center are ready to help.