Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Weekly Tip - Parking Lot Survival for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us - and with that brings large crowds and parking lots filled with anxious shoppers! Private property accidents contribute to a number of our calls for service during the holiday season and most of these incidents are avoidable. Here are some tips to help avoid collisions and other vehicle related incidents on private property:

Slow down, don't be in a rush. The sales will still be going on when you get there.

•Obey shopping center or mall stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs. They are there for a reason...SAFETY!

Drive only in marked isles. Avoid driving across the parking lot and watch out for those that are using parking stalls as a short cut.

Park a little further away. It is probably quicker than driving up and down looking for that perfect spot.

Look all around before backing out and back SLOWLY from your stall.

Watch for pedestrians and watch out for yourself while walking in the parking lot.

Avoid the urge to "beat" the other driver to that one last spot.

•Practice common sense and courtesy. Everyone can be on edge in a crowded parking lot. Give each other a break.

Leave valuables at home or at least out of sight in your LOCKED vehicle.

Park only in marked stalls. Fire lane, red zones, handicap stalls may all be enforced at most shopping centers.

Always be aware of your surroundings. Park in well lighted areas. Alert store security or the police to suspicious persons or vehicles.

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