• Holiday Parking Safety Tips in Philly

    keysWith 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.
    • Have the contact information of a Philadelphia car locksmith in the instance that you accidentally lock your keys in your car.
    • Never leave valuables and possessions in plain sight in your car, such as electronic devices.
    • Always have your keys ready when approaching your car and keep your cell phone available in case you need to call 911.
    • Utilize security escorts to walk you to your vehicle if you don’t feel safe.
    • When you approach your vehicle, check for anything or anyone suspicious in the area.
    • Place all shopping bags in your trunk. Don’t put them in the backseat where they are visible.
    • As soon as you get in your vehicle, lock the doors.