Operating a vehicle on the road is not the easiest thing to do. Parking a car can be just as hazardous as regular driving. Whether you are parking on the street or in the parking lot. Potential dangers are everywhere on your path. Here are some ways to protect yourself and things to be aware of.
When looking for any type of parking you have to be aware of your surroundings. The kind of street you’re parking on plays heavily into this. The busier the street, the more things your need to look out for. Such as people, bicyclists, other cars, traffic and narrow streets. This can unconsciously mess with our decision making a simple task seem way more complicated. To avoid some of this I recommend finding a side street, or a more open street with less traffic congestion. This will help you focus a bit more and become more aware of your surroundings.
When you’ve found a spot, make sure to put on your hazards so the cars behind you and aware you might be stopping or slowing down. Lets any bikers or cars pass you by before you start trying to park. This will give you more space to get into the parking spot more efficiently.
Parking Lot Tips
First, you should always enter a parking lot cautiously, with cars constantly moving it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Being distracted in the parking lot is fairly common among drivers, so minimize the chances of you being in a dangerous position.
Drive slowly and with caution, a parking lot has many elements that could cause an accident. From people walking, cars entering and leaving parking spaces. You have to remain alert while in one at all times, even when you’re not driving.
Keeping Your Car and Yourself Safe
When choosing a place to park, you may want to try to choose a spot that’s well lit. Finding a place that’s well lit can deter individuals from ill intentions towards you or your car. Make sure to not leave anything of value in plain sight. If valuables can’t be removed then try to hide them as best you can. Make sure to close your windows and to lock the car. It won’t hurt to double check on anything as you walk away as well.
When walking to or from your car at night it’s best if your alert. So having headphones in and listening to music can make you an easier target to approach. This will cut down any chances for potential accidents as well, being less distracted around cars is always a plus.
Doing these things will help you become a safer and more efficient driver. It will also make parking much less nerve-wracking. So be sure to keep these tips in mind when out and about.