Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Parking Lot Safety Tips

During most winters, parking lots can be a scary place, both for drivers and pedestrians. Snow packed roads, icy walkways, and distracted people can make parking lot safety less than ideal. Here are some tips to keep you and those around you safe.

-Keep in mind that while driving in a parking lot, driving laws still apply.
-Obey speed limits and lane designations...don't cut diagonally across the lot.
-Be careful backing up, and avoid it when possible. Back into spaces, so that you won't have to put the vehicle in reverse when leaving.
-Do everything you need to do before leaving a parking space, i.e. adjusting seat belts, mirrors, etc.
-Don't talk on the phone.
-Always watch for pedestrians and give them the right of way.

-Look for snow plows and anticipate ice.  Wear nonslip shoes to prevent falls.
-Stay to the sides, don't weave between vehicles.
-Walk as a group, especially when you have children with you.  Groups of people are easier to see than individuals, especially children.
-Make eye contact with drivers, and only proceed if you are sure the driver saw you.
-Don't talk on the phone or listen to headphones--always be aware of your surroundings.  Use your eyes and ears.  You will probably see and hear the cars before they see you.

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