Have you ever observed how people drive in a parking lot? And then there are the pedestrians who you have to contend with if you are behind the wheel. Here are some tips you might want to adhere to while driving or walking in a parking lot.
Do not speed – You just never know when a car or a person will suddenly and seemingly come out of nowhere. Before you know it, you could accidentally hit a pedestrian or another parked vehicle if you are driving too fast. Slow down.
Go behind the car – When you get out of a car before the driver parks it, go behind it if you are crossing to get to your destination. It may be that the driver is distracted and might accidentally keep driving without paying attention that you have just walked in front of them.
Do not fight over a spot – We’ve all done it. We see someone getting in their car. Immediately we follow to see where they are parked. But alas someone else has seen them too. You both arrive at the same time and the other person pulls in before you. Words are exchanged and perhaps one or both parties jump out of the car and a fight ensues. A parking space is not worth risking your life for.
Shopping carts – To avoid damage to your vehicle or someone else’s try parking away from the outdoor shopping cart section. Oftentimes shoppers neglect to place the carts in properly leading to wandering carts hitting cars.
Beware of children – Sometimes a parent may have their hands full with packages and the child might get away. Without looking the child may run in the parking lot quite oblivious to a possible car backing up or one that is fast approaching
Handicapped – These parking spaces are specifically reserved for people with disabilities. You will see a handicapped sticker hanging on the rear view mirror or even noted on the license plate. If you are not handicapped, please don’t deprive someone who is this courtesy that is extended to them.
Too close for comfort – Don’t park your car too close to another in such a way that it makes it nearly impossible for either you or passengers of both cars to get in or out of your vehicles without unintentionally scratching it.
Parking haphazardly– Park in between the lines. No matter how nice your car is you are designated just one parking space.
Personal experience and suggestions