Holiday Parking Lots: How To Stay Safe
‘Tis the season. The season for spending time with loved ones, for cheer and goodwill towards man. However, in one particular arena, holiday pressure can get the best of us, and all our goodwill goes out the window: the parking lot. Parking lots seem to embody all the negatives of this time of year: crowds, conflict, stress. It’s a hazardous holiday cocktail. We’ve put together some safety tips for surviving the parking lot craziness.
When navigating parking lots, turn off any distracting devices. Your cell phone, your GPS, your radio can all put you at risk of an accident. When parking lots are over-crowded, there is a greater risk of collision. Not everyone follows the rules of the road; you need to look out for cars and pedestrians speeding past or cutting across the lot. So turn down the Christmas tunes, and pay close attention.
Park Further Out and Avoid Tight Spaces
Outlying areas typically have more open spaces and lower accident risk. It’s worth the longer walk to avoid the stress and a potential collision. An exception to this rule would be parking at night. When it gets late, try to park as close to the building as possible and near a light. If you ever feel unsafe walking alone to your car, ask an employee or security guard to escort you.
Use the Crosswalks
Use crosswalks whenever possible to walk across parking lots. Keep an eye out for cars that may be backing up and unable to see you. When walking with children, hold their hands the entire time. Small children can be very hard to see in a parking situation.
Guard Against Theft
Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t roll down your window or open the door to a stranger, especially if you are alone. If someone approaches your car, you can crack the window, but don’t hesitate to drive away if you feel unsafe. Keep your purse or wallet with you at all times, stow your shopping bags in the trunk, and always lock your car. There’s no need to be paranoid, but it’s a good idea to take basic precautions against theft.
Take a Deep Breath
The best way to stay safe is to stay calm. If you feel anxious, angry, or rushed, you are much more likely to make a mistake and get in an accident. Remember, your safety is more important than any shopping list. Pay attention, go slow, and you will be fine.
We hope this advice is helpful. If you are a business owner concerned about holiday parking lot safety we have a bonus tip for you: parking lot maintenance. DC Construction Services can help you avoid liability by repairing, resurfacing or restriping your commercial lot. Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Have a safe and happy holiday!