With the holidays right around the corner, malls and shopping centers are jammed with shoppers. While some would assume that a parking lot would be a safe place for drivers to park their cars, this is where many parking lot accidents occur. Hit-and-runs are especially common. Also, crowded parking lots are a prime territory for thieves, pickpockets, carjackers, and vandals. To keep you and your loved ones, and your vehicle safe, follow these parking lot safety tips:
Try to avoid shopping at the most crowded days and times, if possible. These include weekday evenings and the weekends.
Consider valet parking. This way you can avoid searching for a spot and not worrying about the safety of your vehicle.
Drive slowly and use your turn signal in parking lots.
Don’t park in tight parking spots in order to avoid any type of vehicle damage.
When leaving, be alert of waiting cars and other drivers who are backing out at the same time.
Park away from buildings to reduce the chance of dents or marks from other car doors or shopping carts.
Park in a well-lit, highly visible area.
Always roll up your windows and lock your car doors.